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SFS Media’s Mahler series has earned widespread critical acclaim, and received a total of seven Grammy® Awards and nine Grammy® nominations. Launched in 2001, the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas’s series of Gustav Mahler symphony recordings are issued on our in-house recording label SFS Media™.

The most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."– Los Angeles Times

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Mahler: Das klagende Lied (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 6613
 
Newly Re-Mastered in 5.1 Surround Sound!
The latest release in the MTT/SFS Mahler Recording Cycle.

“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.)
Our price: $22.95
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Hybrid SACD)
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
 
 
 
 
Read Richard Scheinin’s San Jose Mercury News feature on the live concert recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at Davies Symphony Hall in September 2007, and explore photographs, audio clips, and video footage from the recording week.
 
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
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Mahler: Songs With Orchestra (Hybrid SACD)
The final installment in the Award-Winning Mahler Cycle.

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.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 9715 
 
Ranked #3 on Billboard Charts when released in March 2003.
"The new recording is a triumph that promises to set the standard for the entire cycle to come.... The orchestra sounds better here than it ever has on disc.... The results are breathtaking."

- San Francisco Chronicle

The SFS and MTT present Mahler's Symphony No. 1, their second recording of the complete Mahler Symphony cycle. This powerful and passionate performance of Mahler's "Titan" follows the universally acclaimed recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6, which topped the Billboard classical chart within the first week of its release. Recorded during the SFS concerts of September 19-23, 2001, this newest addition to the Mahler cycle captures the live-performance excitement of the Grammy-winning conductor-symphony partnership that the Los Angeles Times has declared "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

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:

  1. 1st Movement: Langsam. Schleppend.
    (Slow. Dragging.)
  2. 2nd Movement: Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell.
    (With powerful movement, but not too fast)
  3. 3rd Movement: Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    (Solemn and measured, without dragging)
  4. 4th Movement: Stürmisch bewegt
    (With violent movement)
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 4061
  
The massive Second Symphony takes us into epic territory. Often called the Resurrection Symphony, this vast work begins in purgatorial terror and moves through the gamut of emotions, to a visionary choral finale in which the heavens open. In addition to the Orchestra, the SFS recording of this overwhelming work features the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

This disc was recorded using Sony Direct Stream Digitaltechnology 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 One

  1. 1st Movement—Allegro Maestoso

Disc Two

  1. 2nd Movement—Andante Moderato
  2. 3rd Movement—In Ruhig Fliessender Bewegung
  3. 4th Movement— “Urlicht”: Sehr Feierlich, Aber Schlicht
  4. 5th Movement—Finale-Im Tempo Des Scherzos...Chorus: “Aufersteh’n”
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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder (2 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
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 4037
 
The SFS and MTT present Mahler's Symphony No. 4, recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in the concerts of September 24-28, 2003.

Mahler's Fourth is the most tuneful and upbeat of his symphonies. Its gloriously expansive slow movement offers a picture of heavenly terrain and its vocal finale, with soprano Laura Claycomb, is as freshly innocent as a folk tune.

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:

  1. 1st Movement: Bedachtig. Nicht eilen. Recht gemächlich
  2. 2nd Movement: In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
  3. 3rd Movement: Ruhevoll (Poco adagio)
  4. 4th Movement: Sehr behaglich

Total playing time: 1:02:28.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 6003
  
"Tilson Thomas and the SFS are unflinching in their exploration of the work, with playing that is breathtaking in both its virtuosity and interpretive command... Grade A"

- Fort Worth Star Telegram
 

"The case can be made that the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas is currently the U.S.'s finest symphonic institution."

- The Absolute Sound

Mahler's Fifth Symphony is all about action.

It's his breakthrough work--a "foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound," he called it, a work of "dancing stars." The famed Adagietto was inspired by Mahler's love for his young wife Alma. Hear Mahler 5 recorded live by the SFS and MTT, the partnership that the Los Angeles Times calls "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

Anthony Tommasini declares the recording "incisive and dramatic" in his New York Times review.

Track list:

  1. Trauermarsch
  2. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz
  3. Scherzo
  4. Adagietto, sehr langsam
  5. Rondo-Finale, allegro

Total Length 73:21:02

 

Mahler Symphony No. 5 was officially released on October 10, 2006.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (2 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 (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.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 and the Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Hybrid SACD)

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.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 5073
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall during the concerts on September 28 - October 4, 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.
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Masterpieces in Miniature (Hybrid SACD)
A New York Times Best Recording of 2014!
  
"Minutes of pure, shimmering magic" - San Francisco Chronicle
 
This exquisite new recording from the Grammy award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is proof that good things come in small packages. Discover charming, wistful, and even haunting timbres in music by some of the world’s favorite composers, as MTT shares his most personal musical memories with you. With an electrifying performance by virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, Masterpieces in Miniature is a must-have collection of brief but brilliant pieces that will delight casual listeners and aficionados alike.
Our price: $18.98
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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