The Berlin Philharmonic has often played an important role in the introduction of new audio-visual technology, with examples ranging from the CD to the Digital Concert Hall itself. And it is at the forefront once again, with what is probably the first recording of a symphony orchestra in 3D. If you are interested in both classical music and cutting-edge technology, you can download the video from the Digital Concert Hall free of charge.
Last June, the Berlin Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute brought their heavy equipment to the Philharmonie to record an orchestral rehearsal with Sir Simon Rattle – more vividly and realistically than ever before. On the audio side, the recording of the “Russian Dance” from Stravinsky’s Petrushka offers surround sound 5.1, along with the usual stereo signal.
In order to enjoy this unique audio-visual experience, you do however need high spec technical equipment. In addition to a high-performance computer with a dual-core processor, you also require 3D glasses from NVidia. If you are able to connect your computer to a 3D TV screen, then the standard polarized glasses which are used in cinemas are sufficient. The software needed to play the video can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet. You can find out more in the Digital Concert Hall.