Audiences will get a taste of what it’s like to perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring thanks to an ambitious recording project by the Philharmonia Orchestra. In one of the world’s most complex recordings, due to take place in Watford next Tuesday, the 101-strong ensemble’s performance of the 1913 masterpiece will be filmed by 28 cameras, including four cameras placed on musicians’ heads.
As part of Re-Rite Be the Orchestra, all the footage will be shown in a warehouse this November, recreating the live performance. Visitors to the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank will be able to sit in different sections of the orchestra, have a go at conducting and perform in the percussion section. Esa-Pekka Salonen, the orchestra’s principal conductor and artistic adviser, came up with the idea as a way of using technology to make orchestral performance more accessible.
‘Being inside an orchestra, experiencing the sensation of 101 players taking on this iconic music is one of the biggest adrenalin rushes,’ says Salonen. ‘And [it’s] one that I want to share with the world. Now we’re doing just that.’