Beethoven's Fifth (Trailer)

On Monday 25 September 2017, the Philharmonia Orchestra will release its second exclusive piece of Virtual Reality content, Beethoven’s Fifth. Shot by Google’s VR team, the new film was conceived in partnership with Google and NASA to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and the Golden Records that they each carried.

40 years ago today, on 5 September 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 as part of a programme to study the outer Solar System. Still travelling today, Voyager 1 is the farthest man-made object in space.

Mounted to the spacecraft is a golden-plated phonograph record. On the record is a suite of images, recorded greetings from earth and 90 minutes of music, including a Philharmonia Orchestra performance of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, conducted by Otto Klemperer.

Marking the anniversary, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen worked with Google to film the Orchestra in VR performing the same piece. The resulting eight-minute film, titled Beethoven’s Fifth, cuts together this footage with scenes from interstellar space, imagining where Voyager 1 is travelling now.

Beethoven’s Fifth will be released on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel on Monday 25 September:

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