Philadelphia Orchestra adds free “Listen on Demand” at website

Posted on: February 6, 2020

“The Philadelphia Orchestra is putting high-quality recordings of its concerts online for free,” writes Peter Dobrin in Thursday’s (2/6) Philadelphia Inquirer. “An initial batch of nearly three dozen pieces from the 2018-19 season is now available for listening on the orchestra’s website—a number that will grow over time…. The orchestra’s ‘Listen on Demand’ service includes concertos with pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Emanuel Ax, a Mahler Symphony No. 9 led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Menotti opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, and new works by Nico Muhly, Hannibal, and Jake Heggie. The orchestra previously offered online recordings, but the service was available only to orchestra donors and ticket buyers. This new one, at philorch.org/ondemand, is free to all and has been redesigned to include clickable track lists, a search function to find individual pieces and movements of works, program notes and images from concerts, and information about upcoming performances related to the online content…. The free online content isn’t expected to eat into sales of the orchestra’s CDs or downloads since the offerings for the most part do not duplicate artists and repertoire. The orchestra continues to be heard on satellite radio through SiriusXM and locally on WRTI-FM.”