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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 & Mass in C major (Hybrid SACD)

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Own two of the works that helped cement Beethoven’s reputation as a creative genius like none other. Internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in a dynamic performance of Beethoven’s robust Piano Concerto No. 3. Then, MTT leads the Grammy-winning SF Symphony Chorus and musicians in a rarely performed work: Beethoven’s Mass in C major.

This album continues MTT and the San Francisco Symphony's ongoing exploration of the music of Beethoven. Previously, SFS Media released Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Symphony No. 2Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 7, and Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4, again with with Emanuel Ax. MTT also led a journey through Beethoven's music in Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica.

 
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
 
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
 
Piano Concerto No. 3
Emanuel Ax, piano
 
Mass in C major
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
 
William Burden, tenor
 Shenyang, bass-baritone
 
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, director
 
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37            36:12
1. Allegro con brio                                                    17:16
2. Largo                                                                     9:24
3. Rondo: Allegro                                                        9:32
 
Mass in C major, Opus 86                                      34:48
4. Kyrie                                                                     4:02
5. Gloria                                                                    8:56
6. Credo                                                                  10:07
7. Sanctus                                                               10:38
8. Agnus Dei                                                             7:09
 
Total Playing Time: 77:04
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor recorded in 96 kHz/24-bit audio September 26-28, 2013. Mass in C major recorded in PCM 192 kHz/24-bit audio January 15-18, 2014.
 

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