The New York Philharmonic has announced the launch of Alan Gilbert: The Inaugural Season iTunes Pass, which will allow users to digitally download more than 50 works from Philharmonic concerts from the 2009-10 season. The orchestra is offering the $150 pass at the iTunes Store and at its own website; pass purchasers will receive an e-mail notification whenever new content is available, and new items will be automatically be delivered to their iTunes music library in iTunes Plus format (256 Kbps AAC encoding, with no DRM/Digital Rights Management). Among the offerings on the initial December 1 release are Magnus Lindberg’s EXPO; Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique; and music from the Hanoi Concerts, October 16-17, 2009 (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Overture to Egmont and Mendelssohn’s Scherzo in G minor from the Octet for Strings, arr. for orchestra). More information is available at

Posted December 4, 2009