Philharmonia Orchestra Audio Podcast: Insights
Avengers: Age Of Ultron - composer Brian Tyler on recording the soundtrack from Abbey Road Studios

Earlier this year the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded tracks for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron soundtrack from Abbey Road Studios, London. For this special edition of Backstage Pass we are happy to feature an extended interview with the film's composer Brian Tyler.

Welcome to the musical world of Tony Stark, The Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and many more epic Marvel superheros.

*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: Dreaming With Ravel

Talking bats, humanlike cats and tall hats - welcome to the world of Ravel and his opera l'Enfant et les Sortilèges. This episode we talk to world renowned soprano Barbara Hannigan about her role as the Princess, Esa-Pekka Salonen on the magic of Ravel and director Irina Brown from backstage at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.

If that isn't enough of a glimpse backstage, you'll hear from the costume designer, assistant conductor, Philharmonia Voices and Parisian soloists.

Direct download: Backstage_Pass_Dreaming_with_Ravel_1.mp3
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*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: The Blue Planet in Concert

Step beyond the stage to the edge of the ocean with a special edition of Backstage Pass. This episode takes you behind the scenes of The Blue Planet in Concert.  From David Attenborough to the Royal Festival Hall stage, discover the magic of George Fenton's music and listen to audience reactions on the night.

Direct download: Backstage_Pass_The_Blue_Planet_Live.mp3
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*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: Music of Today

Jump into the present day as we focus on contemporary music in the latest episode of Backstage Pass. Leave Mozart and Beethoven aside for fifteen minutes, it’s all about the composers bringing their work to life today. Listen out for dancing clarinetists, jazzy riffs and unexpected collaborations.

This podcast features interviews with Unsuk Chin, Anders Hillborg and Kevin John Edusei.

Direct download: Backstage_Pass__Music_of_Today.mp3
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*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: Berlioz Requiem

Backstage Pass is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s first uniquely audio podcast. We already bring you video podcasts but this time it’s all about the audio.

We'll take you behind the scenes of the Orchestra, giving you exclusive access to the players and a glimpse of the hard work that goes on before each and every concert.

This week the podcast is dedicated to our new season launch, kicking off with Berlioz’ brilliant work – La Grande Messe des Morts.

There’ll be laughter and unexpected discoveries along the way as well as an interview with Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Sit back and listen to a different side of the Philharmonia.


Direct download: Philharmonia_Orchestra_Backstage_Pass__Berlioz_Requiem.mp3
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In this audio podcast, Michael Fuller introduces his instrument - the double bass.
Direct download: 140609_podcast.mp3
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Composing a work for organ and orchestra is not an easy task, but celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho was up to the challenge in her new piece, Maan varjot (Earth's Shadows). Discover the collaborative process behind this new commission with this film featuring Kaija Saariaho and Esa-Pekka Salonen in conversation. Noted French organist, Olivier Latry, contributes his perspective and put the newly restored Southbank Centre organ through its paces. Come hear the Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Olivier Latry perform this new work in London on 26 June 2014, at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall: Maan varjot was co-commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Southbank Centre, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre National de Lyon.
Direct download: 140609_podcast.mp3
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The composers Antonín Dvořák and his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk, were both influenced by place and close relationships with loved ones. Travel to Prague with conductor Jakub Hrůša, a Prague resident, to uncover the stories behind Dvořák's Cello Concerto and Suk's rarely performed work, the Asrael Symphony. Part of the Bohemian Legends concert series in April & May 2014, at Royal Festival Hall and beyond, conducted by Jakub Hrůša:
Direct download: 140407_podcast.mp3
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re-rite is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s digital installation based on The Rite of Spring. Through this combination of immersive video and interactive design visitors can experience what it's like to play with a live orchestra. From conducting with Esa-Pekka Salonen to following the score note by note with each instrument - re-rite takes you inside the orchestra.
Direct download: 140305_podcast.mp3
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In this Listening Guide, pianist Nikolai Lugansky guides us through Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto. Dubbed 'Emperor' by its English publisher, this was Beethoven's last piano concerto. Find out more in this film about what makes this hugely popular work special and forward-looking, complete with illustrative extracts from the work performed by Lugansky. For more information on the Philharmonia's upcoming performance of the work with Nikolai Lugansky, please visit
Direct download: 140214_podcast.mp3
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