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"Making music is one of man's basic needs. For some, it is as necessary as food or drink or breath. So it is for me."
-Michael Tilson Thomas, SFS Music Director.
These are recordings of MTT conducting various Symphonies around the world.

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Debussy: Images, Jeux, La plus que lente (Signed CD) + "Water Music" Water Bottle (White)
Special Offer - CD Signed by Michael Tilson Thomas with Handel's "Water Music" Water Bottle! - Limited Quantities
   
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature.

  

 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an all-Debussy album featuring Images pour orchestre, Jeux, and La plus que lente. This album brings the vivid landscapes of Images, impassioned playfulness of Jeux, and the sensuality of La plus que lente together in a collection that exquisitely illustrates the French composer’s mastery with orchestration.
Our price: $49.99
Debussy: Images, Jeux, La plus que lente (Signed CD) + Great Beards Tote Bag
Special Offer - CD Signed by Michael Tilson Thomas with Great Beards of Classical Music Tote Bag - Limited Quantities
   
All Signed CDs are unshrikwrapped to allow for the signature.

  

 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an all-Debussy album featuring Images pour orchestre, Jeux, and La plus que lente. This album brings the vivid landscapes of Images, impassioned playfulness of Jeux, and the sensuality of La plus que lente together in a collection that exquisitely illustrates the French composer’s mastery with orchestration.
Our price: $49.99
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 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
Michael Tilson Thomas: Street Song
SKU: 016594
 
The expressive range and versatility of the wind ensemble is exemplified in this program from one of the world’s leading ensembles of its kind, which presents classics of the genre alongside new works. Wayne Oquin’s Tower Ascending pulsates with urban power whilst Richard Lorenz explores a web of Latin American music. Michael Tilson Thomas distils old and new perspectives and James Mobberely offers affecting Words of Love. We also hear Copland’s indelible Fanfare for the Common Man, Vaughan Williams’s intricate Toccata Marziale and Stravinsky’s brilliantly virtuosic Concerto.
 
CD Contents:
 
D. Ray McClellen, clarinet
Ellen Ritchey, soprano
Anatoly Sheludyakov, piano
University of Georgia Wind Ensemble
John P. Lynch, conductor
 
1. Wayne Oquin: Towering Ascending
2. Ricardo Lorenz: El muro
3-5. Michael Tilson Thomas: Street Song
6. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Toccata marziale
7. James Mobberley: Words of Love
8-10. Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
11. Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
 
Total Playing Time: 71:12
Our price: $18.98
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
The Bay Brass - Sound the Bells! (Hybrid SACD)

SKU: 9402

American Premieres for Brass

San Francisco-based ensemble The Bay Brass presents a showcase of American music both rousing and moving with these first recordings of recent works by John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Morten Lauridsen, and others. The Bay Brass was founded in 1995 and is composed of brass players from the San Francisco Bay Area s leading performing organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. The group prides itself on the diversity of its programming, combining the traditional brass repertory with jazz and other contemporary styles and featuring a mix of large-scale symphonic brass ensemble works and compositions for smaller combinations of players. The album's recording engineer is Sean Murphy, an Oscar® and Emmy® award winning mixer/engineer who has worked on hit films such as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, The Green Hornet, and many others.

Our price: $20.00
Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
 
Charles Ives
 
Symphony No. 1 
1. Allegro                                                            11:45 
2. Adagio Molto (Sostenuto)                        6:46 
3. Scherzo: Vivace                                          4:29 
4. Allegro Molto                                                 12:43 
 
Hymns 
5. Sweet By And By                                                     1:52 
6. Beulah Land                                                          0:57 
7. Ye Christian Heralds                                                  1:09 
8. Jesus, Lover Of My Soul                               1:49 
9. Nearer, My God, To Thee                           2:01 
 
Symphony No. 4 
10. Prelude: Maestoso                                         3:50 
11. Comedy: Allegretto                                      11:39 
12. Fugue: Andante Moderato Con Moto            7:34 
13. Finale: Very Slowly; Largo Maestoso         10:30 
Our price: $19.98
Ives: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
SKU: 3602
 
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
 
Charles Ives
 
Symphony No. 2
I.    Andante Moderato                                16:59 
II.   Allegro   
III.   Adagio Cantabile                                    8:13 
IV.  Lento Maestoso                                       12:25 
V.  Allegro Molto Vivace   
 
Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting" 
I. Old Folks Gatherin': Andante Maestoso    7:56 
II. Children's Day: Allegro                6:42 
III. Communion: Largo               8:20
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