News – LSO Live


Digital Theatre February 09 2015

You can now watch a selection of LSO concerts from the comfort of your own home thanks to DigitalTheatre.com’s London Symphony Orchestra Collection.

What is Digital Theatre?

Digital Theatre is the world’s biggest on demand platform specialising in delivering arts content. The team at Digital Theatre film, acquire and distribute the very best in captured live entertainment, working in partnership with Britain’s leading arts companies, including the LSO. Digital Theatre aims to make the arts accessible to all, regardless of geographical, social or economic boundaries. The use of multiple camera angles and high-definition technology ensures that the drama and emotion of each production isn’t lost, allowing for a fully immersive and authentic experience. Each production is available to rent online for a limited period or can be downloaded to your desktop and enjoyed as many times as you wish.

The London Symphony Orchestra Collection

There are currently three concerts available to download from Digital Theatre’s London Symphony Orchestra Collection (with more to come later this year), each captured live in HD at the Barbican.

The LSO’s latest release on Digital Theatre is an all-Berlioz programme of Symphonie fantastique, Overture: Waverley & Les nuits d'été, conducted by LSO Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev. The timeless Symphonie fantastique, considered to be one of the most important classical works ever written, was inspired by Berlioz’s own turbulent personal life and tells the story of an artist’s ‘hopeless love’, complete with waltzes, witches and a hallucinogenic nightmare. The grand overture Waverley was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s novel Waverley and for Berlioz’s song cycle, Les nuits d'été (‘Summer Nights’), Gergiev and the LSO are joined by Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. Made up of six songs, the work is an anatomy of romantic love, shown in different aspects: light-hearted and extrovert in the first and last songs, more intense and passionate in the middle four.

Also available is Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, conducted by Valery Gergiev and recorded live at the Barbican in November 2013. Shakespeare was one of the enduring influences on Berlioz throughout his life and the composer described his first encounter with one of Shakespeare’s works (Hamlet, featuring Berlioz’s future wife Harriet Smithson) as a ‘thunderbolt’ that changed his life – and musical imagination – forever. In Romeo and Juliet, Berlioz gives his own ground-breaking take on Shakespeare’s bittersweet tragedy, combining the playwright’s influence with the all the musical drama of Beethoven’s symphonies, and adding solo voices and chorus into the mix. 

Another concert currently available on Digital Theatre is Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3 'Scottish', Overture: The Hebrides and Schumann's Piano Concerto with the celebrated pianist Maria João Pires. Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, this concert was filmed in January 2014 as part of a series exploring the works of Felix Mendelssohn. Inspired by his travels to the British Isles and full of the influence of the rolling Scottish landscape, both Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 'Scottish' and his Overture: The Hebrides are amongst the composer's most popular and admired works. The London Symphony Orchestra give an exhilarating performance of these pieces, and the same can be said of their rendition of the much-loved Schumann Piano Concerto with Maria João Pires, which has received widespread critical acclaim.

How to download and watch the concerts

Each concert can be bought for £10.99 (High Definition) or £8.99 (Standard Definition), as well as being available to rent for just £3.99 (rented productions are made available in your library for 30 days with 48 hours to complete viewing from the first time you begin playback).

Once downloaded, there are a variety of ways in which the concerts can be watched:

  • Watch online directly through the website.
  • Download to your desktop and watch offline with the Digital Theatre Desktop Player.
  • Download the Digital Theatre app from the iTunes App Store and stream to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • Watch on a Samsung Smart TV using the Digital Theatre app.