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The Gramophone Classical Music Podcast

Oct 28, 2022

The American composer Mason Bates wrote Philharmonia Fantastique to a commission from a host of major US orchestras (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and the American Youth Symphony). It was recorded for Sony Classical by the Chicago SO under Edwin Outwater and released earlier this year. Now an animated film by Academy Award-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and featuring the work of Jim Capobianco, has been made using the same soundtrack. (It will be available from November 4 to rent or purchase in 4K and surround-sound on the AppleTV app and to stream on Apple Music.)

Gramophone's Editor, Martin Cullingford, spoke to Mason Bates about the work and the new animated film.

Gramophone Podcasts are made in association with Wigmore Hall, sponsors of the 2022 Chamber Award.