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Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2 CD Set)
SKU: 12763
 
A timely, controversial work of grand proportions, The Gospel According To The Other Mary is a new, full-scale re-imagining of the Bach oratorio from composer John Adams and iconoclast writer/director Peter Sellars.
 
Adams and Sellars previous collaborations included Nixon In China, the most-performed American opera since Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Dr. Atomic, an opera about the invention of the atomic bomb.
 
Focusing on the oft marginalized perspectives of Mary Magdalene and Martha, The Gospel According To The Other Mary sets Biblical characters and events, including the resurrection of Lazarus and the passion of Christ, in a powerfully political, contemporary light.
 
As with the nativity oratorio El Nino (a response to Handel's Messiah), and the opera Dr. Atomic, the libretto is been assembled by Peter Sellars, who has interwoven events from the New and Old Testaments with poetry reflecting themes of faith and liberation from the 12th Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, to the 20th Century Mexican feminist poet Rosario Castellanos.
 
This World Premiere recording, featuring the original cast, was made in Disney Hall, Los Angeles, at performances staged by Peter Sellars - with soloists, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
 
A champion of contemporary music and social engagement through art, Gustavo Dudamel commissioned The Gospel…, together with the LA Phil, as part of a long-standing creative relationship with John Adams.
 
This important DG release marks the 5th Anniversary of Gustavo Dudamels appointment as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the 10th Anniversary of the LA Phils home, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
 
Packaging: the 2 CD set will come in a digi-sleeve with a 100 page booklet. It will contain an introduction by the composer and a synopsis by Peter Sellars in English; plus the libretto in the original languages (English and Spanish) with English translations of the Spanish texts.
 
CD Contents:
 
John Adams
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
 
CD 1:
Act 1
1-2. Scene 1 - Jail/House of Hospitality
3-5. Scene 2 - Mary
6-14. Scene 3 - Lazarus
15-17. Scene 4 - Supper at Bethany
18-20. Scene 5 - Pasover
 
CD 2:
Act 2
1. Who Rips His Own Flesh Down the Seams
2. Scene 1 - Police Raid
3-6. Arrest of the Women
7-10. Golgotha
11-15. Burial/Spring
16-17. Earthquake and Recognition
 
Total Playing Time: 2:13:01
Our price: $29.99
Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Signed 2 CD Set)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Composer John Adams! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature. The interior booklet is signed.
 
SKU: 0127635
 
A timely, controversial work of grand proportions, The Gospel According To The Other Mary is a new, full-scale re-imagining of the Bach oratorio from composer John Adams and iconoclast writer/director Peter Sellars.
 
Adams and Sellars previous collaborations included Nixon In China, the most-performed American opera since Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Dr. Atomic, an opera about the invention of the atomic bomb.
 
Focusing on the oft marginalized perspectives of Mary Magdalene and Martha, The Gospel According To The Other Mary sets Biblical characters and events, including the resurrection of Lazarus and the passion of Christ, in a powerfully political, contemporary light.
 
As with the nativity oratorio El Nino (a response to Handel's Messiah), and the opera Dr. Atomic, the libretto is been assembled by Peter Sellars, who has interwoven events from the New and Old Testaments with poetry reflecting themes of faith and liberation from the 12th Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, to the 20th Century Mexican feminist poet Rosario Castellanos.
 
This World Premiere recording, featuring the original cast, was made in Disney Hall, Los Angeles, at performances staged by Peter Sellars - with soloists, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
 
A champion of contemporary music and social engagement through art, Gustavo Dudamel commissioned The Gospel…, together with the LA Phil, as part of a long-standing creative relationship with John Adams.
 
This important DG release marks the 5th Anniversary of Gustavo Dudamels appointment as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the 10th Anniversary of the LA Phils home, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
 
Packaging: the 2 CD set will come in a digi-sleeve with a 100 page booklet. It will contain an introduction by the composer and a synopsis by Peter Sellars in English; plus the libretto in the original languages (English and Spanish) with English translations of the Spanish texts.
 
CD Contents:
 
John Adams
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
 
CD 1:
Act 1
1-2. Scene 1 - Jail/House of Hospitality
3-5. Scene 2 - Mary
6-14. Scene 3 - Lazarus
15-17. Scene 4 - Supper at Bethany
18-20. Scene 5 - Pasover
 
CD 2:
Act 2
1. Who Rips His Own Flesh Down the Seams
2. Scene 1 - Police Raid
3-6. Arrest of the Women
7-10. Golgotha
11-15. Burial/Spring
16-17. Earthquake and Recognition
 
Total Playing Time: 2:13:01
Our price: $39.99
Gautier Capuçon - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos (Signed CD)
SKU: 0164115
 
Special Offer - CD Signed by Cellist Gautier Capuçon! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrinkwrapped to allow for the signature.
 
“Capuçon and Gergiev deliver some grand and glorious moments” wrote Gramophone when the French cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev last collaborated on a disc of Russian music for Erato – works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, released in 2010. The Daily Telegraph found that: “Capuçon [plays] with a blend of impeccable taste, Romantic ardour and technical aplomb ... Whether quizzical, rapturous, pensive or demonstrative, Capuçon has full measure of [the music] here in a performance of impressive stature.”

Now, the two musicians -- whose collaboration, again in Gramophone’s words, “was bound to strike sparks” – have come together for two live recordings, made in December 2013 at Paris’s Salle Pleyel and June 2014 at St. Petersbourg’s Mariinsky Thetre with the Mariinsky Orchestra. The works in question are Dmitri Shostakovich’s cello concertos Nos 1 and 2, both of which were written for Mstislav Rostropovich. The first was composed in 1959 (a year after the Central Committee of the Communist Party admitted that in 1948 there had been unjust condemnation of Shostakovich and other composers as ‘Formalist’), the second in 1966. The two concertos are different in spirit and shape: the first is often assertive and energetic, and features a huge cadenza for the cello that is almost a movement in its own right, while the second is introspective and enigmatic.

When Capuçon played the Concerto No.1 in New York in early 2014, the New York Times said: “Mr Capuçon played the work beautifully, negotiating its difficulties with seeming ease ... his elegance paid dividends ..., especially in the meditative Moderato and the brooding opening of the cadenza.” When he took the piece to Montreal, also in early 2014, the news website Pieuvre.ca reported that “[his] sensitive, virtuosic interpretation was rewarded with a long ovation.”

Dmitri Shostakovich
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor
 
1-4. Cello Concerto No. 1, Op.107
5-7. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op.126
 
Total Playing Time: 67:06

Our price: $26.99
Gil Shaham - 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 1 (Signed 2 CD Set)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Violinist Gil Shaham! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature. The interior booklet is signed. 
 
SKU: 016512
 
The 1930s was an incredibly rich decade for the violin concerto, thriving on what was the uncertainty of the age. Over 30 violin concertos materialized across the decade with well over a dozen, from Stravinsky and Berg’s through to Barber’s and Britten’s concertos all commanding iconic status within the violinist’s repertory.
 
Gil Shaham is the leading violinist of his generation. He was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, Gil was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, citing his “special kind of humanism." Combine this “humanism” with a flawless technique and his generosity of spirit, and the musical results are nothing short of inspired.
 
CD1. Gil’s recording of the Barber Violin Concerto displays his trademark rich soulfulness as well as the sounds of urban America when called for, skyscrapers, sirens, clearly manifest themselves in the last movement. The weeping, if not lamenting, solo violin in the Berg concerto, harmonized with very poignant 12-tone chords, reveals emotionally charged heart on sleeve mourning in this recording. For Hartmann’s Concerto funebre Gil is reunited with acclaimed Sejong Soloists, with whom he has recorded Mendelssohn’s octet and Haydn concerti (CC08), the New York Times observing from a concert performance of the Hartmann that Shaham “perfectly characterised the work’s anguished and occasionally angry spirit.”
 
CD2. Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto is a concerto with which Gil and conductor David Robertson have performed together countless times. The result is an interpretation which is luminous, light and dancing, The Times noting from this performance that “Shaham’s interpretation was exceptionally spirited and fresh, always at one with the incisive accompaniment from Robertson’s orchestra.” Benjamin Britten’s concerto is arguably the most challenging to play on this collection and is arguably the most sobering work here, and shows another side of Shaham’s musical personality; a work with a martial-like drama, and for the most part a forceful bordering on violent execution of the work unfolds, interspersed, where called for, an ethereal sound world bordering on the surreal; the tonal ambiguity at the end of the third movement positively haunting. In concert the Chicago Classical Review notes, “This is music that fits Gil Shaham like a well-tailored glove.”
 
CD Contents:
 
Gil Shaham, violin
 
Disc 1
1-3. Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, op.14
4-7. Alban Berg: Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel'
8-11. Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Concerto funebre
 
Total Playing Time CD 1: 71:18
 
Disc 2
1-4. Igor Stravinsky: Violin Concertin in D major
5-7. Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor, op.15
 
Total Playing Time CD 2: 54:33
Our price: $29.99
Gil Shaham - 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2 (Signed CD)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Violinist Gil Shaham! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature. The interior booklet is signed. 
 
SKU: 016510
 
This is the highly anticipated second volume in Gil Shaham's acclaimed 1930s Violin Concertos project. Volume 2 draws on two pillars of the violin concerto repertoire, Bartók and Prokofiev's second violin concertos. The CD release comes in a Deluxe Digipack with 24 page booklet, Claire Delamarche's annotations are in English and French, with exclusive photos from the recording sessions.
 
Volume.1, released in 2014, met with wide acclaim from the critics, receiving Editor's Choice from Gramophone Magazine with La Croix in France noting 'A sound of angelic purity, masterful phrasing, a supremely elegant technique and a love of the music that transcends every bow stroke...'
 
The 1930s was a turbulent and unsettled decade, these 2 works offer some of the each respective composers' most lyrical and luminous music. The two concertos have played a central role in Gil's musical life for over 30 years; he first played the Prokofiev publicly with the Israel Sinfonietta on a tour of the USA when he was just 13 years old. Gil has recorded both works before, to much acclaim, but over time he explains, "things grow in your head, the way you feel about the music changes."
 
Shaham's 'trademark lyricism,' 'effortless and natural playing' and 'impeccable technique' shouldn't leave the listener wanting on this new recording. The studio environment for the recording of the two concertos also affords Gil the luxury of the intimacy to be effectively shared with the listener, drawing them in from the outset.
 
In taking this 1930s project from a dream to reality, orchestras internationally have supported Gil's idea. After several years in the planning the project got underway in 2008/09 season with the Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to name but a few embracing the project and collaborating for performances of multiple concertos from a decade full of riches for the violin.
 
CD Contents:
 
Gil Shaham, violin
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Stéphane Denève,  conductor
 
1-3. Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op.63
4-6. Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2, BB117
 
Total Playing Time: 62:41
Our price: $24.99
Leila Josefowicz - Adams: Scheherazade.2 (Signed CD)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Violinist Leila Josefowicz! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature. The interior booklet is signed.
 
SKU: 016497
 
John Adams' dramatic symphony Scheherazade.2 imagines a modern day Scheherazade, an "empowered, liberated spirit embodied in the multifaceted solo violin role," he says. His "cinematic music goes a long way in unfolding a potent drama, masterfully illuminated by conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony," says NPR. "The fierceness and vulnerability [violinist] Leila Josefowicz expresses contributes to an award-caliber performance." Scheherazade.2 "sets a whole new standard for narrative and theatrical vibrancy," exclaims the San Francisco Chronicle.
 
CD Contents:
 
John Adams
Leila Josefowicz, violin
St. Louis Symphony
David Robertson, conductor
Chester Englander, cimbalom
 
I. Tale of the Wise Young Woman - Pursuit by the True Believers
II. A Long Desire (love scene)
III. Scheherazade and the Men with Beards
IV. Escape, Flight, Sanctuary
 
Total Playing Time: 47:35
Our price: $24.99
Mason Bates - Digital Loom

SKU: 8063

The music of Mason Bates fuses innovative orchestral writing, the rhythms of electronica and techno, and imaginative narrative forms brought to life by cutting edge sound design. A composer of symphonic music who often includes live electronica in his orchestral music, he has become known as an artist who moves fluidly between those two worlds — performing on electronic drum-pad and laptop, for example, with the National Symphony Orchesta in his Liquid Interface at Carnegie Hall; or, creating an evening of concert music and electronica with members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Volksbühne in the former East Side.

Our price: $18.00
Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra (Hybrid SACD)
2017 Grammy® Award Nominee for Best Orchestral Performance! 
 
SKU: 015415
 
“This is new music as you always hoped it would be—exciting, beautiful, surprising, and full of a vivid sense of discovery.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an exhilarating album of composer Mason Bates’s large-scale works for orchestra and electronica. Hear the first-ever recordings of his colossal Liquid Interface and the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides alongside Bates’s supercharged work, Alternative Energy. One of the most creative and ingenuous synthesists of our time, these works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider—and more.
Our price: $18.98
Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra (Signed CD)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Composer Mason Bates! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature.
 
2017 Grammy® Award Nominee for Best Orchestral Performance! 
 
SKU: 0154155
 
“This is new music as you always hoped it would be—exciting, beautiful, surprising, and full of a vivid sense of discovery.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an exhilarating album of composer Mason Bates’s large-scale works for orchestra and electronica. Hear the first-ever recordings of his colossal Liquid Interface and the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides alongside Bates’s supercharged work, Alternative Energy. One of the most creative and ingenuous synthesists of our time, these works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider—and more.
Our price: $24.99
Michael Tilson Thomas: Street Song
SKU: 016594
 
The expressive range and versatility of the wind ensemble is exemplified in this program from one of the world’s leading ensembles of its kind, which presents classics of the genre alongside new works. Wayne Oquin’s Tower Ascending pulsates with urban power whilst Richard Lorenz explores a web of Latin American music. Michael Tilson Thomas distils old and new perspectives and James Mobberely offers affecting Words of Love. We also hear Copland’s indelible Fanfare for the Common Man, Vaughan Williams’s intricate Toccata Marziale and Stravinsky’s brilliantly virtuosic Concerto.
 
CD Contents:
 
D. Ray McClellen, clarinet
Ellen Ritchey, soprano
Anatoly Sheludyakov, piano
University of Georgia Wind Ensemble
John P. Lynch, conductor
 
1. Wayne Oquin: Towering Ascending
2. Ricardo Lorenz: El muro
3-5. Michael Tilson Thomas: Street Song
6. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Toccata marziale
7. James Mobberley: Words of Love
8-10. Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
11. Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
 
Total Playing Time: 71:12
Our price: $18.98
Nicola Benedetti - Shostakovich & Glazunov: Violin Concertos (Signed CD)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Violinist Nicola Benedetti! - Limited Quantities
 
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SKU: 016550
 
Benedetti’s own encounter with Russian music-making began in her childhood, the seriousness and intensity making a powerful impact on the young violinist: “I was thrust into a different world” says Nicola, “a little terrifying, extremely demanding but so loving, so warm”.
 
Together with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kirill Karabits, the dark, introspective Shostakovich Violin Concerto is brought to life in a compelling performance packed full of energy, powerful torment, and breath-taking passion. The demonic scherzo notches up intensity; the passionate third movement – possibly one of the finest in the canon of violin concertos – has a grand magnificence; and the astonishing Burlesque rounds off this visceral recording.
 
A work with a tormented history itself – the hostile political environment of Russian state censorship at the time of composition in the 1940s meant that Shostakovich kept the concerto unpublished until after Stalin’s death – it was first performed in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and immediately highly regarded internationally.
 
Programmed alongside Shostakovich’s assertive, uncompromising masterpiece, is Glazunov’s bold, colourful Violin Concerto. A late-Romantic work, the Glazunov is notable for its lyricism; Benedetti’s generous, radiant performance is uplifting and finely crafted.
 
CD Contents:
 
Dmitri Shostakovich
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
 
1-5. Violin Concerto No. 1, op.99
 
Alexander Glazunov
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
      
6-8. Violin Concerto, op.82
 
Total Playing Time: 59:05
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Nicola Benedetti - Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Violin Concertos (Signed CD)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Violinist Nicola Benedetti! - Limited Quantities
 
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SKU: 016551
 
Nicola Benedetti has recorded two giants of the violin concerto repertoire, the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, op.35 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op.26.
 
The Tchaikovsky and Bruch concertos, composed in 1878 and 1866 respectively, are two of the best-known – and best-loved - concertos in the repertoire. In the case of the Tchaikovsky it is also one of the most technically demanding.

CD Contents:
 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
 
1-3. Violin Concerto in D major, op.35 
     
Max Bruch
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
      
4-6. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op.26
 
Total Playing Time: 60:10
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Adams: Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music (Hybrid SACD)
One of NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2015
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’ Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music. Hear Adams’ inspired and witty take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in this first-ever recording of his SFS-commissioned Absolute Jest. Also featured is Grand Pianola Music, with its tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, written for and premiered by the SFS. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time: John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
Grammy-award winning collaboration between John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
John Adams
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, music director
 
Absolute Jest                                  25:40
Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Geoff Nuttall (violin), Scott St. John (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola), Christopher Costanza (cello).
1.   Beginning                                       10:35
2.   Presto                                          3:30
3.   Lo stesso tempo                          1:07
4.   Meno mosso                                     3:18
5.   Vivacissimo                                   1:49
6.   Prestissimo                                       5:21
 
Grand Pianola Music                             31:54
Conducted by John Adams
Orli Shaham (piano), Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Synergy Vocals: Micaela Haslam (soprano), Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (soprano), Heather Cairncross (alto).
7.   Part 1                                              15:23
8.   Part 1 – Slow                                       7:46
9.   Part 2, On the Dominant Divide       8:45
 
Total Playing Time: 57:34
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall – a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. Absolute Jest was recorded in 96 kHz/24-bit audio (May 4, 5, and 9, 2013), Grand Pianola Music was recorded in PCM 192 kHz/24-bit audio (January 16-18, 2015).
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Adams: Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music (Signed CD)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Composer John Adams! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature.
 
One of NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2015
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’ Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music. Hear Adams’ inspired and witty take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in this first-ever recording of his SFS-commissioned Absolute Jest. Also featured is Grand Pianola Music, with its tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, written for and premiered by the SFS. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time: John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
Grammy-award winning collaboration between John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
John Adams
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, music director
 
Absolute Jest                                  25:40
Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Geoff Nuttall (violin), Scott St. John (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola), Christopher Costanza (cello).
1.   Beginning                                       10:35
2.   Presto                                          3:30
3.   Lo stesso tempo                          1:07
4.   Meno mosso                                     3:18
5.   Vivacissimo                                   1:49
6.   Prestissimo                                       5:21
 
Grand Pianola Music                             31:54
Conducted by John Adams
Orli Shaham (piano), Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Synergy Vocals: Micaela Haslam (soprano), Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (soprano), Heather Cairncross (alto).
7.   Part 1                                              15:23
8.   Part 1 – Slow                                       7:46
9.   Part 2, On the Dominant Divide       8:45
 
Total Playing Time: 57:34
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall – a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. Absolute Jest was recorded in 96 kHz/24-bit audio (May 4, 5, and 9, 2013), Grand Pianola Music was recorded in PCM 192 kHz/24-bit audio (January 16-18, 2015).
Our price: $24.99
SFS American Mavericks CD Collection (6 CD Set)
SKU: 10502
 
Price: $105 $79.99 (6 CDs)
 
That's over $25 in savings!
 
Set includes:
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an exhilarating album of composer Mason Bates’ large-scale works for orchestra and electronica. Hear the first-ever recordings of his colossal Liquid Interface and the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides alongside Bates’ supercharged work, Alternative Energy. One of the most creative and ingenuous synthesists of our time, these works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider—and more.
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’ Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music. Hear Adams’ inspired and witty take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in this first-ever recording of his SFS-commissioned Absolute Jest. Also featured is Grand Pianola Music, with its tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, written for and premiered by the SFS. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time: John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
 
The latest release from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy® Award-winning San Francisco Symphony features stunning live recordings from the SFS's wildly successful American Mavericks festival. Presented in premium audio hybrid SACD, American Mavericks includes performances of four works by three influential but seldom heard twentieth century masters. Performances of Henry Cowell's Synchrony and his Piano Concerto, with Jeremy Denk on piano, combine Cowell's distinctive musical language with exceptionally expressive playing to produce a powerful musical experience. Lou Harrison's eclectic compositional style and organ soloist Paul Jacobs's spectacular virtuosity are on full display in Harrison's Concert for Organ with Percussion orchestra. This one-of-a-kind disc concludes with Edgard Varèse's monumental Amériques and the orchestral siren that has influenced generations of composers. 
 
 
Winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Orchestral Performance!
  
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a Hybrid SACD of John Adams' San Francisco Symphony commissioned Harmonielehre and the Michael Tilson Thomas commissioned Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
The SFS commissioned, premiered, and recorded Harmonielehre in March 1985 under Edo De Waart during Adams’ tenure as SFS composer in residence. Adams recalled, “I was a young composer when I wrote Harmonielehre and I had really only written two other orchestra pieces at that point and one of them was Harmonium, which was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony only a few years before that. Harmonielehre was tough coming out… I was searching for what I wanted to say. I knew that part of what I wanted to write for the orchestra was a music that would kind of strum the strings of its repertoire that would play to its strengths… [with Harmonielehre] I really confronted who I was, who I am, John Adams as a composer - somebody who grew up listening to classical music, classical orchestral music, who played in orchestras when I was younger, who conducted, who loved that repertoire, but at the same time was somebody who also grew up listening to jazz and rock and who was very influenced by minimalism. So it’s this rather strange marriage of the driving pulse of American minimalism and the sensuous and emotional and expressive world of the great European masterpieces.”
 
 
 
Following closely on the heels of their seven Grammy-Award® winning Mahler recording cycle, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of Charles Ives' A Concord Symphony orchestrated by Henry Brant and Aaron Copland's Organ Symphony with organist Paul Jacobs. A Concord Symphony is Brant's orchestral arrangement of Ives' Sonata No. 2 for Piano. 
 
 
 
Folk music played an important role in shaping the musical styles of both Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, a pair of American originals—one French-trained, the other stubbornly home-grown—who are both noted for weaving alluring sonic tapestries of American life. For New Englander Ives, the key to authenticity lay in a kaleidoscopic pageant of tunes, dances, evocative sounds, and wildly unorthodox harmonic idioms. The Holidays Symphony, beginning with “Washington’s Birthday” and ending with “Thanksgiving,” occupied him on and off for more than fifteen years.
 
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score includes Charles Ives's Holidays Symphony performed by the San Francisco Symphony, which was featured on PBS in Keeping Score: Ives Holidays Symphony. The recording of Copland's Appalachian
Our price: $79.99
Bernstein Conducts Bernstein (7-Disc CD Set)
SKU: 015772
 
This seven-disc set offers the basic Bernstein in the composer’s own incomparable performances with the New York Philharmonic. His later versions for Deutsche Gramophone may feature some of this music in the final, revised editions, but the differences are never large, and Bernstein in his more youthful prime is a tough act to follow, even for himself. Consider the second movement of the First Symphony, with its wicked use of the Torah tropes and climax featuring timpani pounded with maracas. Even the Israel Philharmonic doesn’t capture quite the same explosive energy that Bernstein does here.
 
In this set, you get all three symphonies, all of the ballets including the complete Dybbuk (still very underrated), Zino   Francescatti in the earlier of Bernstein’s two Sony recordings of the Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium,” the suites from On the Waterfront, On the Town, and West Side Story, the Candide Overture, Chichester Psalms, the witty song cycles I Hate Music! and La Bonne Cuisine, Trouble in Tahiti (so much better in this original version as opposed to its inclusion in the awful opera A Quiet Place), and best of all, Mass. I have great personal affection for this latter work, sort of Bernstein’s Broadway answer to Britten’s War Requiem, with its typically eclectic and riotous mixture of styles.
 
The performances, like the music, have an enduring value that hasn’t diminished one bit, and the sonics have held up quite well too.
 
-ClassicsToday.com

CD Contents:
 
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
 
Disc 1:
 
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Columbia Jazz Combo
New York Philharmonic
"Candide" Overture
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
Fancy Free
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
 
Disc 2:
 
David Johnson, baritone
John Ostendorf, bass
New York City Ballet Orchestra
Dybbuk
 
Zino Francescatti, violin
New York Philharmonic
Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"
 
Disc 3:
 
Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano
New York Philharmonic
Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah
 
Philippe Entremont, piano
New York Philharmonic
Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety
 
Disc 4:
 
Felecia Montealegre, speaker
Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano
Columbus Boychoir
New York Philharmonic
Symphony No. 3: Kaddish
 
John Bogart, alto
Camerata Singers
New York Philharmonic
Chichester Psalms
 
Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano
Leonard Bernstein, piano
I Hate Music!
La Bonne Cuisine
 
Disc 5:
 
Antonia Butler, soprano
Nancy Williams, mezzo-soprano
Michael Clarke, tenor
Mark Brown, baritone
Julian Patrick, bass baritone
Columbia Wind Ensemble
Trouble in Tahiti
 
New York Philharmonic
Facsimile
 
Discs 6 & 7:
Alan Titus, baritone
Norman Scribner Choir
Berkshire Boy Choir
Orchestra
Mass

Total Playing Time: 7:51:28

 

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West Side Story (2-Disc Hybrid SACD Set)
A New York Times Best Recording of 2014  
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy Award–winning San Francisco Symphony present a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s complete score for the beloved musical West Side Story. The recording boasts a talented cast of Broadway actors led by Alexandra Silber (Maria) and Cheyenne Jackson (Tony) alongside members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. This Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Set includes a 100-page booklet featuring a new interview with MTT, notes from Rita Moreno and Jamie Bernstein, as well as a West Side Story historical timeline, archival photographs, complete lyrics, and rehearsal and performance photos. Presented in a High Definition Premium Audio Hybrid SACD* Set, this must-have album is the latest treasure from the Orchestra’s very own SFS Media label.
 
The performances were recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in late June and early July 2013 after Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony became the first orchestra to receive permission from all four West Side Story rights-holders to perform and record the musical score in its entirety in a concert setting. Of the new recording, Michael Tilson Thomas said, “This is a new and rare opportunity to hear Bernstein’s complete score sung by a sensational young cast and a knock-your-socks-off orchestra.  The San Francisco Symphony totally understands and feels this music.  We show the Broadway roots of the piece and how its universal qualities translate into the way we think about it today.”
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Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Hybrid SACD)
2013 Grammy® Award Winner for Best Orchestral Performance!
2013 ECHO Klassik Award Winner for Orchestra of the Year!

SKU: 9924

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a Hybrid SACD of John Adams' San Francisco Symphony commissioned Harmonielehre and the Michael Tilson Thomas commissioned Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

The SFS commissioned, premiered, and recorded Harmonielehre in March 1985 under Edo De Waart during Adams’ tenure as SFS composer in residence. Adams recalled, “I was a young composer when I wrote Harmonielehre and I had really only written two other orchestra pieces at that point and one of them was Harmonium, which was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony only a few years before that. Harmonielehre was tough coming out… I was searching for what I wanted to say. I knew that part of what I wanted to write for the orchestra was a music that would kind of strum the strings of its repertoire that would play to its strengths… [with Harmonielehre] I really confronted who I was, who I am, John Adams as a composer - somebody who grew up listening to classical music, classical orchestral music, who played in orchestras when I was younger, who conducted, who loved that repertoire, but at the same time was somebody who also grew up listening to jazz and rock and who was very influenced by minimalism. So it’s this rather strange marriage of the driving pulse of American minimalism and the sensuous and emotional and expressive world of the great European masterpieces.”

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Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Signed CD)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Composer John Adams! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature.
 
2013 Grammy® Award Winner for Best Orchestral Performance!
2013 ECHO Klassik Award Winner for Orchestra of the Year!

SKU: 9924

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a Hybrid SACD of John Adams' San Francisco Symphony commissioned Harmonielehre and the Michael Tilson Thomas commissioned Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

The SFS commissioned, premiered, and recorded Harmonielehre in March 1985 under Edo De Waart during Adams’ tenure as SFS composer in residence. Adams recalled, “I was a young composer when I wrote Harmonielehre and I had really only written two other orchestra pieces at that point and one of them was Harmonium, which was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony only a few years before that. Harmonielehre was tough coming out… I was searching for what I wanted to say. I knew that part of what I wanted to write for the orchestra was a music that would kind of strum the strings of its repertoire that would play to its strengths… [with Harmonielehre] I really confronted who I was, who I am, John Adams as a composer - somebody who grew up listening to classical music, classical orchestral music, who played in orchestras when I was younger, who conducted, who loved that repertoire, but at the same time was somebody who also grew up listening to jazz and rock and who was very influenced by minimalism. So it’s this rather strange marriage of the driving pulse of American minimalism and the sensuous and emotional and expressive world of the great European masterpieces.”

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American Mavericks: Cowell, Harrison, Varèse (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 10500
 
The latest release from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy® award-winning San Francisco Symphony features stunning live recordings from the SFS's wildly successful American Mavericks festival. Presented in premium audio hybrid SACD, American Mavericks includes performances of four works by three influential but seldom heard twentieth century masters. Performances of Henry Cowell's Synchrony and his Piano Concerto, with Jeremy Denk on piano, combine Cowell's distinctive musical language with exceptionally expressive playing to produce a powerful musical experience. Lou Harrison's eclectic compositional style and organ soloist Paul Jacobs's spectacular virtuosity are on full display in Harrison's Concert for Organ with Percussion orchestra. This one-of-a-kind disc concludes with Edgard Varèse's monumental Amériques and the orchestral siren that has influenced generations of composers. 
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