The RPO, conducted by Rafael Payare (Photo: Google)
Google has partnered with the RPO to film a 360-degree video of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.
London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has filmed a 360-degree video of a performance, designed to immerse the viewer in the music through the power of virtual reality.
The RPO filmed the performance Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra on Google’s 360-degree Jump camera rig earlier this year.
Filmed from within the centre of the orchestra, a viewer wearing a VR headset is able to turn to focus on the individual instruments being played at any one time, including harps, trumpets, violins and French horns.
The RPO in Cadogan Hall, London (Photo: Google)
The piece was conducted by Venezuelan Rafael Payare, and the footage was directed by John Williams. It is available to view for free on Google’s Arts and Culture website, and can be viewed on desktop as well as via a VR headset.
Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s most popular work for a full orchestra, the concerto was first performed in late 1944 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
It is noted for highlighting each instrument in turn, allowing the rest of the orchestra to play in accompaniment to the solo lead.
The video is the latest of numerous measures the RPO has taken to broaden the appeal of classical music to a younger audience.