Recording becomes first download-only Beethoven cycle by an American orchestra

DETROIT, (April 29, 2013) – Recorded live during the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s wildly successful Beethoven Festival in February 2013, on May 1the DSO will release a Digital Box Set of Beethoven’s complete nine symphonies—the first of its kind by an American orchestra and the first for the DSO’s in-house digital brand, Live from Orchestra Hall.

“The DSO strives to be in front of new technologies when it comes to getting our music to the public,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “This first set of digital recordings makes it possible for a vast number of listeners to experience the orchestra in ways that were not possible even a couple of years ago.”

Grammy award-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh, producer of the DSO’s latest recordings on the Naxos label, worked closely with DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the orchestra’s artistic and digital teams to complete this extensive project in a matter of months.

“For this Digital Box Set of Beethoven symphonies we did our best to preserve the feeling of ‘being there’ at the live concerts,” said Alspaugh. “But what we hope above all to have preserved and shared with you is a memorable encounter between Beethoven, Leonard Slatkin, and the DSO.”

The set comes complete with bonus features such as liner notes written by Live from Orchestra Hall co-host Charles Greenwell, behind-the-scenes pictures, and audio and visual interviews with Slatkin produced by Detroit media outlets WRCJ 90.9 FM and the Detroit Free Press.

“Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies” are offered exclusively as a set and are available for purchase at dso.org/Beethoven. The pre-sale price of $19.99 will last until the official release on May 1, when the recording will be available for $24.99. After purchase, the set will be delivered via email.

The digital box set was sponsored in part by MGM Grand Detroit.

About Live from Orchestra Hall

In April 2010, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra launched the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series at dso.org/live, becoming the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts for a global audience. Since then Live from Orchestra Hall expanded to include mobile viewing via the DSO to Go mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Droid devices; partnerships with the world’s top classical streaming sites, including France-based Medici.tv, Russia-based Paraclassics.com and UK-based ClassicalTV.com, and the DSO’s first digital album produced in-house, a downloadable Digital Box Set of all nine Beethoven symphonies. Now watched in over 75 countries, the Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series is presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund, made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and produced in collaboration with Detroit Public Television. Watch future free webcasts at dso.org/live, view concert highlights at youtube.com/detroitsymphony, and connect with the DSO at facebook.com/detroitsymphony and on Twitter @DetroitSymphony with the hashtag #DSOLive.

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The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO in 2008 and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.


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