Up yours! Czech Phil puts mini-cams on its musicians

Up yours! Czech Phil puts mini-cams on its musicians


norman lebrecht

November 14, 2014

Just like the bad old days when the StB watched everything, the Czechs have reverted to close observation.

During a performance of Richard Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung in Prague’s Rudolfinum, 24 GoPro cameras were fixed to the musicians and the conductor, Manfred Honeck.

For what purpose?

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  • libor says:

    Perhaps just only to control uniqe fingering, bowing,vibrato and breath as it was during Vaclav Talich time and to remember time before the Velvet Revolution 25 years ago.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    The music making is excellent. Also very enjoyable to me, if I don’t watch.

  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    I think this is an interesting experiment and could provide visual variety mixed with more traditional video techniques. The editing in the following clip seems more fluent and appropriate to the excerpt, IMHO.


  • William Safford says:

    What fun! Now that’s a possible way to get young people interested in orchestras: use current and hip technological devices (in this case, GoPro cameras) to give them an inside look at the musicians in the orchestra.

  • iStrings says:

    perhaps an interesting idea, just needs some improvements; it made me a bit dizzy…

  • William Ford says:

    To answer the question “To what end?” That I enjoyed it, which is enough of an end.