The Orchestra 4+

Classical music reimagined

NatureGuides Ltd.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 295 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Classical music reinvented. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, performing extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music.


• An orchestra at your command: Experience classical music like never before with fascinating features, including video, synchronized score, simplified score and commentary by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

• Expert explanations: World-class musicians explain their role in the orchestra and demonstrate how their instruments work. Use a keyboard to play samples of the instruments, and view each one in glorious detail with 360° rotations.

• Discover the BeatMap: This groundbreaking visualization of the performances shows different sections of the orchestra pulse in time with the music, helping you understand the complexity of each piece. Hold down your finger to hear different sections of the orchestra in isolation.

• Unparalleled access: Watch beautiful multi-camera video of the acclaimed Philharmonia Orchestra, and switch effortlessly between different angles and sections of the orchestra.

• Discover the story: Read insightful text on the pieces, composers and instruments specially written by Mark Swed, music critic of the LA Times.

The Music:

• Haydn: Symphony No 6 (1st movement)
• Beethoven: Symphony No 5 (excerpt from 4th movement)
• Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique (March to the Scaffold)
• Debussy: Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
• Mahler: Symphony No 6 (exposition from 1st movement)
• Stravinsky: The Firebird (excerpt)
• Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra (2nd movement)
• Salonen: Violin Concerto (2nd and 3rd movements)

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What’s New

Version 2.0.1

Put the Orchestra in your pocket! We’ve redesigned the app so it now works on iPhone as well as iPad. There’s a clean new look and feel and we’ve made a load of improvements under the hood. We hope you love this new version as much as we do.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

Sorry disappointed ,

Greatly enhances appreciation for the music

So far I have only explored the Salonen of the eight pieces, but being able to see at all times the 1) soloist, 2) conductor, and 3) the entire orchestra represented as light pulses where they are seated, with 4) various musicians playing highlighted parts in the fourth video box simultaneously with the curated score below and subtitled commentary from either conductor or soloist for the section being played, has greatly enhanced my understanding of and appreciation for this fantastic work. While unfortunately only two of the four movements are represented, this one piece alone was worth the price of the app. I just saw it performed in open rehearsal and will attend the concert tonight. This app really captured the experience.

glashoppah ,

Magnificent and fascinating

One of the reasons to own an iPad. Beautiful and endlessly entertaining. I have most of the titles from the company that made this software and they’re all very wonderfully crafted, stable, rich, intriguing and more than worth the seeming pittance they cost. This particular title covers the development of symphonic music by a set of carefully chosen examples, giving you the opportunity to see how this beautiful art form has evolved over time, while also giving you a taste of some of the finest pieces ever recorded.

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The ORCHESTRA app offers an overture to listening to an orchestra like no other. Follow the instrumental notation as you hear instrumentalists appear, and see how they navigate every crescendo and diminuendo. Help yourself distinguish the oboe from clarinet and bassoon, and marvel at the foundations the violins often play. You will come to appreciate each composer’s artistry and marvel at his / her orchestrations in ways mere listening doesn’t allow. This app is moves Musical Appreciation to a new level. I highly recommend it.

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