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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
SFS Beethoven Collection (6 CDs + 1 DVD)
 SKU: 12020
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 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.

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
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
Discs 6 & 7:
Alan Titus, baritone
Norman Scribner Choir
Berkshire Boy Choir

Total Playing Time: 7:51:28


Our price: $29.99
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 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
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.
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Mahler Song Cycle: Das Lied von der Erde & Das klagende Lied & Songs With Orchestra - 3 for 2 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 10970
Limited Time Offer: 3 CDs for the price of 2!
Price: $68.85  $45.90
Collection Includes:
Mahler: Songs With Orchestra
Here is Mahler the enchanter. The selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn are the composer’s take on folk tunes, playful and touching. The Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) tell of young love lost. And the Rückert settings are, in a word, gorgeous. Hear Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson, two of today’s great Mahler singers, as they join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in this final album of the award-winning MTT/SFS Mahler cycle.

“Graham was characteristically poised and radiant. The American mezzo-soprano lent her full, lustrous tone, regal bearing, and keen sensitivity to these uniquely beautiful songs, beginning here with “Liebst du um Schönheit” (If you love because of beauty), conducted with great sensitivity by Tilson Thomas and limned by Graham’s lovely, rounded projection of the text.”
-    Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Classical Voice

“Hampson and the orchestra probed the music for all the pity and terror they conveyed…. Hampson's singing [of the last song] was as robust and mellifluous as ever, and he projected all the bite and tenderness of Mahler's melodies flawlessly. “
-    Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

CD Contents:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen:
1. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
2. Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld
3. Ich hab' ein glühend Messer
4. Die zwei blauen Augen

5. Ich atmet' einen linden Duft
6. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
7. Liebst du um Schönheit
8. Um Mitternacht
9. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn:
10. Lied des Verfolgten im Turm
11. Der Tamboursg'sell
12. Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
13. Revelge
14. Urlicht

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Rückert-Lieder September 16-20, 2009
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen September 23, 25-26, 2009
Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn May 10-13, 2007


Das Lied von der Erde
Mahler was a great symphonist and a great songwriter. In his “song-symphony” Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”), these two strands of his genius are intertwined. Here Mahler summons all his orchestral and vocal imagination, taking us to the heart of ancient Chinese poems that praise life’s joys and lament life’s brevity. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony, with tenor Stuart Skelton and world-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson.
“…Thomas and the orchestra have rarely sounded so assured or dynamic in their command of Mahler’s late style.”      
                       – San Francisco Chronicle
“…dazzling… Hampson 's utter mastery of music and text made this performance one to cherish.”
San Jose Mercury News
Track List:
  1. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde                         
  2.  Der Einsame im Herbst
  3. Von der Jugend
  4. Von der Schönheit
  5. Der Trunkene im Frühling
  6. Der Abschied

 Total Length 63:20

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Stuart Skelton, tenor
Thomas Hampson, baritone

Recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall September 26-29, 2007


Das klagende Lied

"Tilson Thomas's objective, transparent approach suits this piece well. The orchestral playing is warm, the chorus work is spirited and the soloists are excellent "- The Times (U.K.)

Part I (Waldmärchen/Forest Tale):

A beautiful, proud queen has conceded that she will give herself as wife to whichever knight finds a certain red flower in the forest, a flower as lovely as herself. Two brothers set out to find that flower; the younger is sweet in manner and handsome, the elder “could only utter curses.” The younger brother finds the flower, then lies down to sleep. Discovering him, the older brother kills him, takes the flower, and claims his prize.

Part II (Der Spielman/The Wandering Musician):

A musician wandering through the forest finds a gleaming bone and fashions a flute from it. When he plays his new instrument, it sings the tale of the murder. The minstrel decides he must seek out the queen.

Part III (Hochzeitsstück/Wedding Piece):

At the wedding feast for the queen and murderer‑knight, the minstrel plays his flute, which tells its tale. The new king seizes the flute and puts it to his own lips, where it accuses him directly. The queen faints, the guests flee, and the walls of the castle collapse.

Ist Movement: Waldmärchen. Langsam und träumerisch 30:25
2nd Movement: Der Spielmann. Sehr gehalten 16:55
3rd Movement: Hochzeitsstück. Heftig bewegt 19:39

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Marina Shaguch, soprano Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano Thomas Moser, tenor Sergei Leiferkus, baritone
Vance George, chorus director
San Francisco Symphony Chorus

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco,
May 29-31 and June 2, 1996
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Children's Musical Book Collection (3 Hardcover Books with CDs)
SKU: 10503
10% off the 3 Hardcover Books with CDs total. 
Price: $50.93 $44.99 (3 Hardcover Books with CDs)
Set includes:
A delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young children. Readers are asked to think about the different places in which we might hear music, whether it is in a concert hall, or just on television. They are then introduced to a selection of famous composers including Mozart and Beethoven, and learn about each of the musical instrument families, from woodwind to percussion.
Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD so that they can hear examples as they read. Music on the CD includes Magic Flute (Mozart), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Williams), Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns), The Planets (Holst), Petrushka (Stravinsky), and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev).
A little spooky, a little sad, and a lot of musical fun - that's what's in store for you with Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead.
The San Francisco Symphony asked composer Nathaniel Stookey to write the music and the great storyteller Lemony Snicket to create the story. Edwin Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer Is Dead with the SFS in July 2006.
by Lemony Snicket (Author), Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
With CD of music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, narrated by Lemony Snicket.
Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music.

ALONG THE WAY YOU'LL LISTEN to the greatest works in classical music and HEAR each instrument of the orchestra and LEARN fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, including:

-Bach wasn't famous until 100 years after he died
-Some people think that years of playing the oboe can make you crazy
-Beethoven was totally deaf by the time he wrote the famous 9th Symphony
-The contrabassoon would be 16 feet tall if unwound
-Copland composed at night and on weekends and had a day job as an insurance agent

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.

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Keeping Score Audio Companion CD Collection

Get the complete set of 6 companion audio CDs to the acclaimed Keeping Score series and receive 10% off.

Now you can enjoy the complete concert performances of the works explored in Keeping Score, including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Copland’s American Sound, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Ives’s Holidays Symphony, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.


Our price: $53.00
Sunday Evenings With Pierre Monteux: Broadcast Performances From California, 1941-1952 (13 CD Set)

SKU: 12560

Is this ever a generous sampling of Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Symphony! Music and Arts' Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux collects broadcast performances from Monteux's lengthy engagement with the Standard Hour program, heard on NBC's Pacific Radio Network from 1941 to 1952. This show aired on Sunday evenings, sponsored by Standard Oil (the predecessor to Chevron), and it featured West Coast orchestras exclusively. Monteux was heard in San Francisco during the winter and spring, and in summer and fall, another orchestra (usually the Los Angeles Philharmonic) was heard in his stead. There was a strict rule about timing; each work played had to be 20 minutes or less, but no more. Although this constraint prevented longer works, such as would be expected in the concert hall, from being programmed, it did afford Monteux flexibility in programming short pieces of a greater variety than that observed on his concurrent RCA Victor studio recordings, which are heavily weighted toward French and Russian literature.

The length of this set is nearly equal to that of BMG's huge Pierre Monteux Edition issued in 1994 at 14 discs; this is in 10 discs and runs nearly a 1,000 minutes. Whole discs within the collection are given over to Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Berlioz, Franck, and nearly two for Wagner performances. Also included is a Haydn Symphony No. 88, George Whitefield Chadwick's Jubilee, Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve Suite, Messiaen's L'Ascension, and several other rare works, including many that Monteux did not commercially record.

There was a prior incarnation of this set issued in 1997 at only 10 discs; this one adds the discs Lollipops and Monteux as Accompanist to concert artists such as Lili Kraus and Shura Cherkassky, and Finale, which is a grab bag of stuff. It is here where one will find the Chadwick, a Mozart "Jupiter" Symphony, and an aria from Franco Alfano's Risurrezione sung by radio and early television mainstay Dorothy Warenskjold.

The sound, taken from transcription discs in the library of the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, ME, is mono in its entirety and somewhat limited even by the standards in place, say, by 1953. However, the transfers are all very clean and first-rate -- there is little to no source disc related noise among all 13 discs included. There is a noticeable improvement in the sound from mid-1950 on, as Standard Oil petitioned successfully -- the only sponsor that cared enough to do so -- against NBC to replace its company-made "ribbon" microphones with more responsive Altec Lansing models. Overall, compared to RCA Victor's typically bright, brittle, and distorted studio recordings from San Francisco, the recordings in this set are at least comparable to, and at times better than, Monteux's commercial recordings of the same period.

This is a lot of Monteux, but there are considerable rewards -- the sheer looseness and spontaneity of his montage of bleeding chunks from Act III of Die Meistersinger is joyful and tremendously exciting orchestral music-making. If the Monteux Edition on BMG and Decca's Original Masters set (seven discs) are not enough Monteux for you, then Music and Arts' Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux is the next logical step. However, if you missed those other sets, then this may well be the best place to start. Of the three sets just mentioned, this one by far has the best liner notes, written by longtime San Francisco-based critic Arthur Bloomfield.


All Performances with The Standard Symphony Orchestra (San Francisco).

CD No. 1 (78:13)
BEETHOVEN: Consecration of the House Overture - Symphony No. 5 Prometheus Adagio - Egmont, Fidelio & Leonore No. 3 Overtures

CD No. 2 (75:51)
MOZART: Don Giovanni Overture - Symphony in D, Haffner Piano Concerto in A (exc.) (W. Kapell, soloist) - Die Zauberflöte Overture - Die Entführung Aus

Dem Serail Overture
GLUCK: Iphigénie en Aulide Ouverture HAYDN: Symphony No. 88

CD No. 3 (70:12)
R. STRAUSS: Don Juan - Tod und Verklärung - Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche - Der Rosenkavalier Suite.

CD No. 4 (66:33)
WAGNER: Parsifal (exc.) - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (exc.) Der Fliegende Holländer (exc.) - Tristan und Isolde (exc.)

CD No. 5 (61:54)
WAGNER: Die Walküre (exc.) - Siegfried (exc.) - Götterdämmerung (exc.) - Rienzi Overture
LISZT: Les Préludes - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

CD No. 6 (74:02)
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture - The Trojans Prelude - L’enfance du Christ (exc) - La Damnation de Faust (exc.) - Romeo and Juliet (exc.) - The

Corsair Overture

CD No. 7 (70:14)
MENDELSSOHN: Ouverture Die Fingals-Höhle - Symphony No. 4 - Ouverture zu Ruy Blas
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
BRAHMS: Five Waltzes from Op. 39 (arr. Hertz)

CD No. 8 (76:27)
ROSSINI: L’Italiana in Algeri Overture - BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (exc.) 
THOMAS: Mignon Overture 
DUKAS: L’Apprenti Sorcier 
MESSIAEN: L’Ascension  SIBELIUS: Valse Triste
BRAHMS: Tragic Overture 
WEBER: Euryanthe Overture
SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever

CD No. 9 (75:51)
BORODIN: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Christmas Eve Suite - Russian Easter Overture - Capriccio Espagnol 
GLAZUNOV: Scènes de Ballet
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 (exc.)

CD No. 10 (74:59)
FRANCK: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (arr. Pierné) - Rédemption - Psyche Suite (exc.) - Symphony in d

CD 11 (79:12)
GRETRY: Cephale et Procris 
NICOLAI: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture 
FALLA: 3-Cornered Hat Suite
ROSSINI: William Tell Overture  WAGNER: Tannhäuser Overture 
RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome

CD 12 (71:47)
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in c, Op. 37 mvt 1 (Solomon)
SCHUBERT-LISZT: Wanderer Fantasy (Lili Kraus, piano) 
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto in Bb minor, Op. 23 mvt 1 (Cherkassky) 
BRAHMS: Concerto for violin and cello in a, Op. 102 mvt 1 (Naoum & Boris Blinder)

CD 13 (73:59)
WALTON: Façade Suite 
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in d, Op. 120 
MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C, K 551 
ALFANO: Aria from Resurrection 
SIBELIUS: Pohjola’s Daughter 
CHADWICK: Jubilee Released with the kind cooperation of Nancie Monteux-Barendse and The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians.

Selected and annotated by Arthur Bloomfield

Contents of CDs 11-13 previously unissued Revised and Enlarged New Edition. Contains Nearly 4 Hours of New Material!
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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,

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