I recently invested in a Sony Blu-ray player and when I connected it to my router was delighted to find I had access to the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall. Intrigued, I signed up and trawled through the site. Apart from a mouth-watering selection of live concerts for 2011 there's also an archive of past performances. For the princely sum of 9.90 euros I've bought myself a 24-hour pass and have just started watching Neeme Järvi conducting the orchestra in Rimsky's Mlada suite, Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto (Volodos) and Taneyev's Fourth Symphony. Pictures on my 1080i TV are excellent, but it's the sound that really impresses; full-bodied, wide dynamics, no obvious compression or dropouts.
Is this the way it's going? Will the VPO have a similar service soon, the LSO? The Proms, even? And you can buy a 30-day pass or a yearly one; the latter - at around 150 euros - gives unlimited access to live concerts and archive material.
Just going to make some coffee and then it's back to the the concert
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