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Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin (7-Disc CD Set)
SKU: 015731
 
“As Ira Gershwin might have said, Michael Tilson Thomas and George Gershwin go together like bread and cheese … Tilson Thomas spearheaded the authentic revival of Gershwin’s theatre scores.” Among the treasures in this definitive 7-CD MTT Gershwin collection are the Broadway overtures in “stunning performances that are almost perfectly recorded and fill a real gap in the catalogue. Both his recordings of Rhapsody in Blue are top recommendations, so in the mini-avalanche of Gershwin centenary recordings this set stands out.” Thus spake Gramophone, while ClassicsToday.com exclaimed: “Michael Tilson Thomas’s long association with the music of George Gershwin results in performances so idiomatic they could be categorized as (almost) definitive … Thomas not only reveals Gershwin’s compositional genius but also wonderfully captures the composer’s trademark playful swagger. This quality comes through strongest in Rhapsody in Blue, here in its original jazz band orchestration with Thomas impressively performing double-duty as pianist and conductor … In An American in Paris, Thomas’ lucid conducting exposes the manifold brilliance of Gershwin’s multi-layered orchestration. But most impressive is the Piano Concerto in F, where Garrick Ohlsson’s bluesy demeanor and virtuoso fingerwork, along with Thomas’ smooth tempos and deft phrasing, confirm the greatness of Gershwin’s work … RCA’s high-impact, natural sound makes for an enticing listening experience.
 
CD Contents:
 
George Gershwin
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
 
Disc 1:
 
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
San Francisco Symphony
An American in Paris
Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra
 
Disc 2:
Audra McDonald, soprano
Brian Stokes Mitchell, baritone
Michael Tilson Thomas, piano
San Francisco Symphony
Catfish Row Suite with Scenes from Porgy and Bess
Second Rhapsody for Orchestra with Piano
 
Disc 3:
George Gershwin, piano
Columbia Jazz Band
Rhapsody in Blue
New York Philharmonic
An American in Paris
Buffalo Philharmonic
Broadway Overtures: Oh, Kay!
Funny Face, Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band
Of Thee I sing, Let 'Em Eat Cake
 
Disc 4:
Lorin Levee, clarinet
Rhapsody in Blue
Michael Tilson Thomas, pianist
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Preludes for Piano, Short Story, Violin Piece
Second Rhapsody for Orchestra with Piano
For Lily Pons, Sleepless Night, Promenade
 
Discs 5 & 6:
New York Choral Artists
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Of Thee I Sing, Let 'Em Eat Cake
 
Disc 7:
Sarah Vaughan
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So
I Loves You, Porgy, But Not for Me
Love Is Here to Stay, Embraceable You
Someone to Watch Over Me, Sweet and Low-Down
Fascinating Rhythm, Do It Again!, My Man's Gone Now
The Man I Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It
They Can't Take That Away from Me
'S Wonderful, Swanee, Strike Up the Band
I've Got a Crush on You, A Foggy Day

Total Playing Time: 7:16:20
Our price: $29.99
Multi-color Beaded Piano Wire Necklace
SKU: 015261
 
This handmade beaded piano wire necklace is perfect for any music lover.  It can be both industrial and elegant, while being lightweight and comfortable. The mixture of different textures on this necklace is something to behold.
 
This iconic design looks good on virtually everyone!
 
The necklace features a heavy duty magnetic closer/clasp. It is easy to put on and remove, yet will not accidentally come undone.
 
Wear the sounds of the symphony!
 
Necklace Circumference: 18"
Colors: Gold, Silver, Black
Our price: $59.99
SFS "Mahler. Smahler." T-Shirt
This is a fun one. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have won numerous awards for recordings of Mahler's work. If you're a fan of the great composer, here's the t-shirt for you!
 
We have many sizes to choose from, such as Smahl and Lahrge.
 
The San Francisco Symphony Logo is featured on the back.
 
Unisex
Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
90/10 Cotton/Polyester blend
Our price: $19.99
SFS American Mavericks CD Collection (6 CD Set)
SKU: 10502
 
Newly expanded!
 
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
SFS Beethoven Collection (6 CDs + 1 DVD)
SKU: 12020
 
Newly expanded!
 
Price: $130 $99.99 (6 CDs + 1 DVD)
 
That's over $30 in savings!
 
Set includes:
 
 
Own two of the works that helped cement Beethoven's repuation 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.
 
 
 
Not all revolutions are political. Some overturn artistic conventions. Beethoven's Eroica challenged accepted artistic notions of music as a kind of decorative background and brought the listener along on a gripping voyage into the unconscious. Retracing Beethoven's steps through Vienna's aristocratic ballrooms and Austria's rustic villages, MTT explores how Beethoven channeled his fears of deafness, his admiration for Napoleon, and his obsession to prove himself the greatest composer of his time and to write a piece that forever changed what a symphony would be.
 
 
 
Beethoven's colossal Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II for chorus, soloists, and orchestra and his playful, upbeat Second Symphony combine on this powerful new recording from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony and Chorus. Rarely performed and recorded, this gripping and profoundly moving funeral cantata proved a revelation during the Symphony's May 2013 Beethoven Project. The recording features the Symphony, Chorus, and a glorious solo quartet - soprano Sally Matthews, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Barry Banks, and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams - all conducted by MTT. Presented as a premium audio hybrid SACD, this album is the latest addition to the San Francisco Symphony's ever growing collection of Beethoven recordings.
 
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony release an all-new recording of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony. From its stormy opening to the towering fourth movement, Beethoven’s final and perhaps greatest symphony is also one of the most universally loved. The album features the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, bass-baritone Nathan Berg, tenor William Burden, mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen, and soprano Erin Wall. Beethoven’s Ninth is the latest addition to the San Francisco Symphony’s Beethoven recordings, and is presented in premium audio Hybrid SACD.
 
 
 
Following closely on the heels of the seven Grammy-Award winning Mahler recording cycle, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of two of Beethoven's most popular works, Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4.
 
Emanuel Ax, a frequent collaborator with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, is the soloist on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. His performance of the slow movement was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "dark and eloquent."
 
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Leonore Overture No. 3.
 
This album continues MTT and the SFS's ongoing exploration of the music of Beethoven. Previously SFS Media released Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 with Emanuel Ax. MTT also led a journey through Beethoven's music in Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica.
 
 
 
“On its very first page Beethoven threw his hat into the ring and laid his claim to immortality.” Thus H. L. Mencken on the Third Symphony. But there’s a big hole in that very first page, put there by a boiling-mad composer as he brusquely scraped off the dedication to Napoleon in response to the erstwhile First Consul’s having been proclaimed Emperor in May 1804.

This companion concert recording for Keeping Score: Beethoven’s Eroica, as seen on PBS, was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in May 2004.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our price: $99.99
SFS Great Beards of Classical Music Canvas Grocery Tote Bag
SKU: 015275
 
Celebrate centuries of musical beards with this fun and utterly unique tote bag. This San Francisco Symphony Exclusive highlights the singular grooming choices of many of the greatest musical minds the world has ever heard.
 
See photos below for details.
 
Featured Composers:
John Adams
Georges Bizet
Johannes Brahms
Claude Debussy
Antonín Dvořák
Felix Mendelssohn
Modest Mussorgsky
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Johann Strauss Jr.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Giuseppe Verdi
Richard Wagner
 
Bag Features:
Two rows of stitching across the top of the bag (added strength & durability)
Concealed and finished, non-protruding side seams
Durable, one-piece satchel bottom construction
Handles are tucked and folded under the top hem, then sewn and back-stitched
The Beards are only on one side
 
100% Cotton
 
Width: 16.5"
Height: 17"
Gusset: 6"
Handles: 1.25" x 23"
Our price: $18.99
SFS Great Beards of Classical Music T-Shirt
Celebrate centuries of musical beards with this fun and utterly unique t-shirt. This San Francisco Symphony Exclusive highlights the singular grooming choices of many of the greatest musical minds the world has ever heard.
 
See photos for details.
 
Featuring:
John Adams
Georges Bizet
Johannes Brahms
Claude Debussy
Antonín Dvořák
Felix Mendelssohn
Modest Mussorgsky
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Johann Strauss Jr.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Giuseppe Verdi
Richard Wagner
 
The San Francisco Symphony Logo is also featured on the back.
 
Unisex
Charcoal with Blue and White
Cotton Heritage T-Shirt
100% Cotton
Our price: $19.99
SFS Handel's "Water Music" Water Bottle (Aqua or White)
New!
 
This SFS Exclusive water bottle features the music from Handel's aptly named "Water Music." The music wraps around the water bottle and features the San Francisco Symphony name.
 
It's great for hot or cold beverages.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The cap screws on easily and snugly, so it won't leak!
 
 
 
 
 
Two colors:
Aqua
White

9 7/8" H x 2 3/4" W
18 oz / 532 ml
 
Single wall borosilicate glass beverage vessel with threaded accent handle and silicone sleeve.
-wash before use; hand wash recommended
-Dishwashing may degrade imprint
-not suitable for microwave, cooking, or freezing
Our price: $22.99
SFS Johann & Wolfgang & Ludwig & Gustav T-Shirt
New!
 
These are the biggest names in music, a veritable Mt. Rushmore of titanic artists. While more commonly known by their surnames, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler, even their given names signify an entire history of music. This simple and bold t-shirt is perfect for all fans of the composers.
 
The shirt features the San Francisco Symphony logo on the back.
 
Unisex
Black shirt with White Type
Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
100% Cotton
Our price: $19.99
SFS Men's Blue Full Zipper Hooded Fleece Sweatshirt
Sale! $49.99  $39.99
 
Perfect for those San Francisco nights, this SFS fleece sweatshirt is both stylish and durable. The best of both worlds!
 
Features:
San Francisco Symphony in bold type across the front
Sturdy Zipper
Metal Tipped Drawcords
Front Pockets
Double Welted Ribs
 
Color: Blue Jay Blue with White Type
80% Cotton, 20% Polyester
Our price: $39.99
SFS Men's Gray Full Zipper Hooded Fleece Sweatshirt
Sale! $49.99  $39.99
 
Perfect for those San Francisco nights, this SFS fleece sweatshirt is both stylish and durable. The best of both worlds!
 
Features:
San Francisco Symphony in bold type across the front
Sturdy Zipper
Metal Tipped Drawcords
Front Pockets
Double Welted Ribs
 
Color: Carbon Gray with White Type
80% Cotton, 20% Polyester
Our price: $39.99
SFS What Part of ... Don't You Understand? T-Shirt
New!
 
Display your musical aptitude with attitude! This t-shirt features a provocative message - "What Part of ... Don't You Understand?" with a piece of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E minor in written notation.
 
The shirt features the San Francisco Symphony logo on the back.
Unisex
Black shirt with White Type
Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
100% Cotton
Our price: $19.99
SFS Women's Black Full Zipper Hooded Fleece Sweatshirt
Sale! $49.99  $39.99
 
Perfect for those San Francisco nights, this SFS super-soft, sueded fleece sweatshirt is both stylish and durable. The best of both worlds!
 
Features:
San Francisco Symphony in bold type across the front
Funnel Neck Hood
Sturdy Zipper
Metal Tipped Drawcords
Front Welt Pockets
Extended Rib
 
Color: Black with White Type
60% Cotton, 40% Polyester
Our price: $39.99
SFS Women's Blue Full Zipper Hooded Fleece Sweatshirt
Sale! $49.99  $39.99
 
Perfect for those San Francisco nights, this SFS super-soft, sueded fleece sweatshirt is both stylish and durable. The best of both worlds!
 
Features:
San Francisco Symphony in bold type across the front
Funnel Neck Hood
Sturdy Zipper
Metal Tipped Drawcords
Front Welt Pockets
Extended Rib
 
Color: Malibu Blue with White Type
60% Cotton, 40% Polyester
Our price: $39.99
SFS Women's Johann & Wolfgang & Ludwig & Gustav T-Shirt
New!
 
These are the biggest names in music, a veritable Mt. Rushmore of titanic artists. While more commonly known by their surnames, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler, even their given names signify an entire history of music. This simple and bold t-shirt is perfect for all fans of the composers.
 
The shirt features the San Francisco Symphony logo on the back.
Women's
Soft Wash Jersey Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
100% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton
Our price: $19.99
SFS Women's Light Blue Short Sleeve Beethoven T-Shirt
New!
 
Sport your symphony style with this Beethoven T-Shirt. The great Ludwig van Beethoven's powerful visage and signature are proudly displayed on the front. The San Francisco Symphony Logo is featured on the back.
 
Perfect for any fan of the legendary composer.
 
Soft Wash Jersey Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
100% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton
Our price: $19.99
SFS Women's Lilac Short Sleeve Beethoven T-Shirt
New!
 
Sport your symphony style with this Beethoven T-Shirt. The great Ludwig van Beethoven's powerful visage and signature are proudly displayed on the front. The San Francisco Symphony Logo is featured on the back.
 
Perfect for any fan of the legendary composer.
 
Soft Wash Jersey Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
100% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton
Our price: $19.99
SFS Women's What Part of ... Don't You Understand? T-Shirt
New!
 
Display your musical aptitude with attitude! This t-shirt features a provocative message - "What Part of ... Don't You Understand?" with a piece of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E minor in written notation.
 
The shirt features the San Francisco Symphony logo on the back.
Women's
Soft Wash Jersey Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
100% Combed Ring-Spun Cotton
Our price: $19.99
Silver & Gold Large Knot Piano Wire Necklace
SKU: 13943
 
This handmade piano wire necklace is perfect for any music lover.  It can be both industrial and elegant, while being lightweight and comfortable. The iconic design looks good on virtually everyone!
 
The necklace features a heavy duty magnetic closer/clasp. It is easy to put on and remove, yet will not accidentally come undone.
 
Wear the sounds of the symphony!
 
Necklace Circumference: 18"
Colors: Silver & Gold
Our price: $59.99
The Mahler Project Complete CD Box Set (17-Disc Hybrid SACD set)
SKU: 9600
 
This set's recordings have been awarded a combined 7 Grammy® Awards!
 
Introducing The Mahler Project Complete CD Box Set. For the first time ever, all twelve recordings from the esteemed SFS Media/Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler Project are available in a single Hybrid SACD Box Set. Newly packaged in a sleek, compact box, The Mahler Project Complete CD Box Set contains Hybird SACDs of all of Mahler's Symphonies and Songs as recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, with original liner notes compiled into one complete easy to navigate 324-page book. 
Our price: $175.00
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