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The San Francisco Symphony has won numerous Grammy® Awards for its recorded music. Here are our Award Winning offerings!

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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.”

Our price: $18.98
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.”

Our price: $24.99
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
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
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (180g Vinyl 2LP)
SKU: 016079
 
Individual Mahler symphonies are now available on vinyl for the first time, and exclusively through the San Francisco Symphony Online Store.
 
"The discs, originally recorded in DSD and released on hybrid-stereo and (tasteful, even convincing) multichannel SACDs, were generally excellent sounding, with a rich tonality, wide and deep soundstaging,
 
 
and terrific dynamic scaling and extended range. Not only have these qualities translated beautifully to vinyl, they actually, perhaps even surprisingly, sound better than ever."
-Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
 
- Quantities are extremely limited
- 180g vinyl LPs, housed in gatefold jackets
- All albums are unshrinkwrapped, as they have never been sold individually
- Originally recorded to DSD, remastered at 96k/24bit
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall during the concerts on September 29 - October 3, 2004, Mahler's last completed symphony covers territory from the amiable Austrian pastoral to the fury of its "Burleske" to the uninhibited baring, in the finale, of the unprotected heart.
 
Michael Tilson Thomas has distinguished himself as one of the world's foremost Mahler interpreters, and through his signature performances, as one of the composer's most compelling advocates. In 1974, at the age of 29, he made his SFS debut conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
 
Track list:
LP 1 Total Length: 47:08
Side 1: Movement 1 — Andante comodo 
Side 2: Movement 2 — Im Tempo 

LP 2 Total Length: 35:19
Side 1: Movement 3 — Rondo Burleske
Side 2: Movement 4 — Adagio
Our price: $34.98
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 and the Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (2 Hybrid SACD Set)

Winner of three Grammys®! Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Engineered Classical Album

"...this promises to be a triumphant capstone to the entire cycle." -San Francisco Chronicle

Mahler's immense creation-featuring hundreds of musicians, three choruses, and soloists-is a symphony so epic in scope that it has been dubbed the "Symphony of A Thousand." Mahler's Eighth—a tale of damnation and salvation—is quintessentially a romantic work, but it owes a great debt to the towering Baroque choral works of J.S. Bach.

Our price: $27.95
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (180g Vinyl 2LP)
SKU: 016077
 
Individual Mahler symphonies are now available on vinyl for the first time, and exclusively through the San Francisco Symphony Online Store.
 
"The discs, originally recorded in DSD and released on hybrid-stereo and (tasteful, even convincing) multichannel SACDs, were generally excellent sounding, with a rich tonality, wide and deep soundstaging,
 
 
and terrific dynamic scaling and extended range. Not only have these qualities translated beautifully to vinyl, they actually, perhaps even surprisingly, sound better than ever."
-Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
 
- Quantities are extremely limited
- 180g vinyl LPs, housed in gatefold jackets
- All albums are unshrinkwrapped, as they have never been sold individually
- Originally recorded to DSD, remastered at 96k/24bit
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall during the concerts on September 29 - October 3, 2004, Mahler's last completed symphony covers territory from the amiable Austrian pastoral to the fury of its "Burleske" to the uninhibited baring, in the finale, of the unprotected heart.
 
Michael Tilson Thomas has distinguished himself as one of the world's foremost Mahler interpreters, and through his signature performances, as one of the composer's most compelling advocates. In 1974, at the age of 29, he made his SFS debut conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
 
Track list:
LP 1 Total Length: 47:08
Side 1: Movement 1 — Andante comodo 
Side 2: Movement 2 — Im Tempo 

LP 2 Total Length: 35:19
Side 1: Movement 3 — Rondo Burleske
Side 2: Movement 4 — Adagio
Our price: $34.98
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (2-Disc Hybrid SACD Set)
SKU: 4038
 
2002 Grammy® Award winner for Best Orchestral Performance!
 
 
"The cathartic power of music - to howl, to grieve, and ultimately to console - has never seemed so miraculous."

- The San Francisco Chronicle

"Michael Tilson Thomas' frighteningly intense performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony is the ... real standout among the [Grammy] winners."

- the Los Angeles Times
 

The SFS and MTT present their first recording of the complete Mahler Symphony cycle. Each of Mahler's nine symphonies is a drama, and Michael Tilson Thomas is among the foremost interpreters of these episodes. Last fall, the SFS and MTT began their five-season project of recording all the Mahler Symphonies and the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth, live.

The first installment is Symphony No. 6. Sometimes called the "Tragic" Symphony, the Sixth shows Mahler at his most devastating, and many think of this music, first heard in 1906, as a prophecy of the horrors of the century to come. This recording was made at the SFS concerts of September 12-15, 2001, immediately following the events of September 11 and captures a passionate response to that day.

This disc was recorded using Sony Direct Stream Digital technology and released on the SACD hybrid format, featuring 4 channel Super Audio playback. It will play on all current standard CD players, as well as on Super Audio CD players. It is also available in the Symphony Store at Davies Symphony Hall and record stores everywhere.

 

Track List:

Disc 1:

  1.   1st Movement—Allegro energico, ma non troppo.
  2.   2nd Movement—Scherzo: Wuchtig.
  3.   3rd Movement—Andante moderato.

Disc 2:

  4.   4th Movement—Finale: Allegro moderato—Allegro energico.

Listen before you buy. Click on the links below to hear sound samples.

Our price: $27.95
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (180g Vinyl 2LP)
SKU: 016078
 
Individual Mahler symphonies are now available on vinyl for the first time, and exclusively through the San Francisco Symphony Online Store.
 
"The discs, originally recorded in DSD and released on hybrid-stereo and (tasteful, even convincing) multichannel SACDs, were generally excellent sounding, with a rich tonality, wide and deep soundstaging,
 
 
and terrific dynamic scaling and extended range. Not only have these qualities translated beautifully to vinyl, they actually, perhaps even surprisingly, sound better than ever."
-Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
 
- Quantities are extremely limited
- 180g vinyl LPs, housed in gatefold jackets
- All albums are unshrinkwrapped, as they have never been sold individually
- Originally recorded to DSD, remastered at 96k/24bit
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall during the concerts on September 29 - October 3, 2004, Mahler's last completed symphony covers territory from the amiable Austrian pastoral to the fury of its "Burleske" to the uninhibited baring, in the finale, of the unprotected heart.
 
Michael Tilson Thomas has distinguished himself as one of the world's foremost Mahler interpreters, and through his signature performances, as one of the composer's most compelling advocates. In 1974, at the age of 29, he made his SFS debut conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
 
Track list:
LP 1 Total Length: 47:08
Side 1: Movement 1 — Andante comodo 
Side 2: Movement 2 — Im Tempo 

LP 2 Total Length: 35:19
Side 1: Movement 3 — Rondo Burleske
Side 2: Movement 4 — Adagio
Our price: $34.98
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (Hybrid SACD)

SKU: 5575

2006 Grammy Award Winner for Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance!
 
MTT and the San Francisco Symphony's "greatest success... a magnificent powerhouse... a disc to explore and celebrate."
- San Francisco Chronicle
 
The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and its Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas' (MTT) live concert recording of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 7 has won two Grammy® Awards in the categories of Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance.

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, the Seventh is Mahler at his most mysterious. Sometimes called "Song of the Night," the work is a victory symphony, a journey from night to day focusing on the natural world. The rhythm of the opening is inspired by an evening boat ride on an alpine lake. The oars dip in and out of the river. Four different movements of spectral night scenes culminate and explode into the victory of day, light, and life for a thunderous finale. This is Mahler's ultimate challenge to performers and a fascinating journey for listeners.

Our price: $22.95
Prokofiev: Music from Romeo & Juliet (CD)
SKU: 1247
 
Grammy Award winner for Best Orchestral Performance.
 
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
 

"Romeo and Juliet is a great lyrical symphonic epic, one in which Prokofiev used his unique gift for beautiful melody to give life to all the characters. Definite motifs are identified with those characters and also with specific emotions—emotions such as innocence, love, anger, jealousy, despair."

- Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director

(Single disc encoded in standard CD format)

Track List:

  1.  Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Excerpts

Our price: $18.98
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder (2-Disc Hybrid SACD Set)
SKU: 9714
 
 
2003 Grammy® Award winner for Best Classical Album!
"Deeply felt, elegantly molded, stunningly played and recorded, this is one of the finest Mahler recordings to come along in quite awhile... It's hard to imagine any orchestra playing with finer focus and richer expression than you'll hear here..."

- the Dallas Morning News

The SFS and MTT present Mahler Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder, the third installment of the SFS/MTT Mahler cycle. The Mahler Third, is the most expansive of the composer's symphonies. There are moments of angst here, but the overwhelming message is of love's redeeming power, and the peaks this great work scales are some of the most glorious in all music.

The Mahler Third features mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, Women of the SFS Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Also included in this two-disc set is a recording of Mahler's heartbreaking Kindertotenlieder, with Michelle DeYoung.

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Vance George, chorus director
Women of the SFS Chorus
Pacific Boychoir
San Francisco Girls Chorus

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Symphony No. 3 — September 25-29, 2002
Kindertotenlieder — September 19-23, 2001

This disc was recorded using Sony Direct Stream Digital technology and released on the SACD hybrid format, featuring 5.1 channel Super Audio playback. It will play on all current standard CD players, as well as on Super Audio CD players.

Track List:

Disc 1:
 

  1. Part I: Introduction: 1st Movement. Kräftig, entschieden.
  2. Part II: 2nd Movement. Tempo di menuetto. Sehr Mässig.
  3. Part II: 3rd Movement. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast.

Disc 2:
 

  1. Part II: 4th Movement. Sehr langsam. Misterioso.
  2. Part II: 5th Movement. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck.
  3. Part II: 6th Movement. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden.
  4. Kindertotenlieder: Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n
  5. Kindertotenlieder: Nun seh' ich wohl
  6. Kindertotenlieder: Wenn dein Mütterlein tritt zur Tür herein
  7. Kindertotenlieder: Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
  8. Kindertotenlieder: In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus
Our price: $22.95
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