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Sony Classical releases 'Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra by Mason Bates with CSO / BroadwayWorld

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The project was co-commissioned by six of America's top orchestras.

BroadwayWorld's Marissa Tomeo writes….Sony Classical Releases 'Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra by Mason Bates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra' Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra, the most ambitious project to date from Grammy Award-winning composer, DJ, and curator MASON BATES, positions the modern orchestra as the perfect synthesis of art and technology. Co-commissioned by six of America's top orchestras - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony - it is a 23-minute concerto accompanied by a film that combines live-action and animation.

Today, Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of the standalone soundtrack, recorded specially by the CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by Edwin Outwater. Listen here.

The magical intersection between music and technology has always been a central tenet of composer Mason Bates' career, and Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra is no exception. The bold project was designed to connect music, musicians, and audiences, and to explore the fundamental connections between music, sound, performance, creativity and technology.

The concerto portrays the four families of the orchestra as distinct "families," each with their own unique sound worlds and musical motifs: the slinky, sophisticated noir-jazz of the woodwinds; the lush romanticism of the strings; the aggressive techno-fanfares of the brass; and the percussion section "drum circle" in all its versatility. Ultimately the work's message is one of unity: the diverse instruments of the orchestra are most powerful when working together as one giant instrument.

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