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These recordings represent the ten-year orchestra/conductor partnership of the SFS and Herbert Blomstedt, and reflect the outstanding achievements of the Symphony and conductor.

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Nielsen: Symphonies 1-3 (San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt)
SKU: 2242
 
Herbert Blomstedt's Nielsen symphony cycle is widely acclaimed as among his best. Blomstedt emphasizes the Romantic qualities inherent in these early Nielsen scores, leading the SFS Orchestra in brisk, vibrant performances.

Two-disc set recorded in standard CD format (DDD).

CARL NIELSEN (1865-1931)

Track List:
Disc 1
  1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op 7/FS 16
  2. Symphony No. 2 ("The Four Temperaments"), Op. 16 (FS29)

Track List:

 
Disc 2
  1. Symphony No. 3, Op 27/FS 60 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  2. Maskarade, comic opera, FS39 Overture
  3. Aladdin, incidental music, Op 34/FS 89 Suite

Total playing time: 2:10:17.

Our price: $18.98
Nielsen: Symphonies 4-6 (San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt)
SKU: 2953
 
Herbert Blomstedt's Nielsen symphony cycle is widely acclaimed as among his best. The second set of three continues Blomstedt's fine interpretations of these powerful symphonies. Nielsen's Fifth is a stunning, miraculous, amazing, tragic, and ultimately life-affirming masterpiece. Written in the wake of the Great War when the scope of its horror had become fully apparent to the composer, it speaks profoundly and prophetically of the rise of nationalism, fascism, and the eternal conflict between a peaceful social discourse and the war-machine of the state.

Two-disc set recorded in standard CD format (DDD).

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

Track List
 
Disc 1
    San Francisco Symphony conducted by Herbert Blomstedt
  1. Symphony No. 4 ("Inextinguishable"), Op 29/FS 76
  2. Symphony No. 5, Op 50/FS 97

Track List:

 
Disc 2
  1. Symphony No. 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"The Danish National Radio Choir, Ulf Schirmer conducting
    Copenhagen Boys' Choir
  2. Little Suite for string orchestra in A minor, Op. 1/s 1-3/FS 6
  3. Hymnus Amoris, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op 12/FS 21
    Barbara Bonney, soprano
    John Mark Ainsley, tenor
    Lars Pedersen, tenor
    Michael W. Hansen, baritone
    Bo Anker Hansen, bass

Total playing time: 2:10:17.

Our price: $18.98
Herbert Blomstedt: The San Francisco Years (15-Disc CD Set)
SKU: 12901
  
1993 Grammy® Award winner for Best Choral Performance - Orff: Carmina Burana
1996 Grammy® Award winner for Best Choral Performance - Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
 
Honesty and clarity have always been watchwords for Herbert Blomstedt, who with the San Francisco Symphony made award-winning and wide-ranging recordings. This collection celebrates the conductor's interpretative wisdom and the orchestra's collective virtuosity in orchestral classics from Beethoven to Bartók.
 
In his decade as Musical Director of the San Francisco Symphony (1985-1995), Blomstedt led the Symphony in a series of unforgettable recordings. The full breadth of his tenure is encompassed in this beautifully packaged CD collection. Each of the 15 recordings come with their own sleeve and the original album release artwork. The set also includes a 40 page booklet with the complete track listings and recording details for each album, as well as an essay on Blomstedt's San Francisco Symphony legacy. It is a must-have for any music lover!
 
The Recordings:
 
All by Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony
 
CD 1: Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, Kossuth (Original Release - 1995)
Duration: 59:06
Recorded live September 30 and October 5, 1993 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 2: Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 3 (Original Release - 1991)
Duration: 77:54
Recorded live May 21 & 25, 1990 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 3: Berwald: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 4 (Original Release - 1993)
Duration: 63:15
Recorded live May 25, 1991 and February 24, 1992 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. 
 
CD 4: Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (Original Release - 1994)
Duration: 70:47
Recorded live September 26 - 28, 1993 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 5: Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Nänie, Schicksalslied (Original Release - 1990)
Duration: 62:52
Recorded live May 30 - June 3, 1989 and September 27, 1989 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 6: Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Original Release - 1989)
Duration: 67:30
Recorded live May 31 - June 1, 1988 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 7: Grieg: Peer Gynt (Original Release - 1989)
Duration: 80:18
Recorded live June 1988 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 8: Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler, Symphonic Metamorphosis, Trauermusik (Original Release - 1988, 1993)
Duration: 72:58
Recorded live November 7 - 28, 1987 and May 30 - 31, 1991 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 9: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Original Release - 1994)
Duration: 80:18
Recorded live September 21 - 23, 1992 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 10: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 4 (Original Release - 1992)
Duration: 66:59
Recorded live December 4 - 5, 1989 and May 27, 1991 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 11: Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 3 (Original Release - 1990)
Duration: 67:35
Recorded live September 25 and December 1989 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 12: Orff: Carmina Burana (Original Release - 1992)
Duration: 58:10
Recorded live September 14 - 15, 1990 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 13: Schubert: Symphony No. 9, Overture in C (Original Release - 1993)
Duration: 67:18
Recorded live September 23 - 24, 1991 and February 25, 1992 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 14: Sibelius: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 7 (Original Release - 1990)
Duration: 81:30
Recorded live May 27, 1991, May 28, 1993 and May 23, 1994 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 15: Strauss: Eine Aplensinfonie, Don Juan (Original release - 1990)
Duration: 70:12
Recorded live May 31 - June 1, 1989 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
Our price: $79.95
Beethoven - Complete Symphonies (5 CD Set)
SKU: 5572
 
Herbert Blomstedt's Beethoven cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the great ones, as much for the magnificent playing of this finest of all German orchestras as for Blomstedt's effortlessly musical interpretations. Blomstedt's emotionally balanced conception is so well realized that I'm inclined to give him credit for bringing off an unconventional interpretation, particularly as the remainder of the symphony lacks for nothing in excitement or sheer power.

Highlights of this cycle are many: a grand and glorious Eroica, a lithe and lyrical Second and Fourth, a pellucid Sixth with luminous wind playing, an exciting Ninth sporting fantastically buoyant strings in the Scherzo and a marvelously well sung finale, and a transcendentally great performance of the Seventh, with rip-roaring horns and perfect pacing throughout. The recordings, made in Dresden's Lucaskirche in the late 1970s and early '80s, put a silvery sheen around the players (winds especially) and strike an excellent balance between clarity and warmth. At the Brilliant Classics price, you can't afford not to own this set. [6/23/2002]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Our price: $32.95