GO live! (Gürzenich Orchestra live!) is the first project by a symphony orchestra to make live orchestral music available to concert-goers immediately after the concert. Members of the audience attending a concert by the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne in Germany will have the opportunity to take home a live recording of the concert they have just heard. They can buy a CD of the concert, minutes after it has finished at the cost of 10 euros. Or they can download the music directly onto their iPod or similar MP3-player from special docking stations set up in the foyer of the Orchestra's home, the Philharmonie Cologne, at the cost of 5 euros. Within a week of a series of three live performances an edited version will be available from the iTunes Music store.
The Gürzenich Orchestra Köln is the first orchestra in the world to put into practice the experience of making great music available immediately after a live performance. With GO live! it aims to archive live performances for the future, thus documenting performance practice at the beginning of the 21st century. It also aims to expand the audience and reach out to new listeners, to create a new medium in which classical music is enjoyed by a broader public, and to lead the way in presenting new means of classical music recording and distribution.
Markus Stenz, Music Director of the Gürzenich Orchestra and General Music Director of the city of Cologne, launched GO live! at a press conference at the Philharmonie Cologne on Tuesday 11 October 2005. Professor Georg Quander, Director of the Department of Culture in Cologne, and Louwrens Langevoort, Director of the Philharmonie Cologne were present. The first concerts recorded for GO live! were conducted by Markus Stenz and took place on 16, 17 and 18 October 2005 in the Philharmonie, Cologne. The programme featured Rameau's Suite for Orchestra Les Indes galantes, Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto in D minor ( soloist Kolja Blacher) and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No 104 in D minor, London.
Posted: 14 November 2005
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