Friday, August 21, 2009

Simon Rattle

If you go to the Berlin Philharmonic’s website, you can take advantage of this great deal, assuming you like the Berlin Philharmonic. The Philharmonic will make more than 30 concerts from its coming season available as webcasts in its Digital Concert Hall, beginning August 28. Simon Rattle, the orchestra's chief conductor, will lead twelve of the concerts. Guest conductors will conduct the rest – the usual names: Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, etc. Guest artists include pianists Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, and András Schiff; violinists Janine Jansen and Frank Peter Zimmermann; and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Fees for the webcasts are 149 Euros (about $214 or about $6.50 per concert) for the full series, 39 Euros (about $56) for a 30-day subscription (any current concerts plus as many concerts from the archives as you want), and 10 Euros (about $14) for any one concert. The exchange rate fluctuates daily so the cost in dollars is variable. Explore this at Digital Concert Hall – type it into the internet browser and it will take you there. There is only one Digital Concert Hall – for now.

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