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SFS "Mahler. Smahler." T-Shirt
New!
 
This is a fun one. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have won numerous awards for recordings of Mahler's work. If you're a fan of the great composer, here's the t-shirt for you!
 
We have many sizes to choose from, such as Smahl and Lahrge.
 
The San Francisco Symphony Logo is featured on the back.
 
Unisex
Next Level Apparel T-Shirt
90/10 Cotton/Polyester blend

Our price: $19.99
Keeping Score: Mahler (2-Disc DVD or Blu-ray)
     Relea Blu-ray sale!
 
Blu-ray: $49.00  $39.99
 
From the sounds outside his bedroom window—a kind of sonic goulash of military marches, ethnic dance bands, church bells, ritual prayer, and nature itself—Gustav Mahler created an entire universe of emotion in music. In an astonishingly productive twenty-five years, he fashioned ten symphonies and 45 songs of cosmic scale, great beauty, and jarring emotional twists and turns. And he did it all in the brief moments he could spare from his day job as one of Europe’s preeminent conductors. In Gustav Mahler: Origins and Legacy, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler’s childhood, and bears witness to his grand achievements, great sorrows, and daring musical explorations into the depths of the human soul. Join MTT and the San Francisco Symphony as they trace Mahler’s rise as a young conductor, his career-crowning appointments in Vienna and New York, his turbulent marriage and the sudden, tragic death of his daughter—and show how his stormy inner life inspired new and ever-more heartbreaking heights of creativity.
 
This two-DVD set features one disc containing two concert performances, with Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler Symphony No. 1 and “A Mahler Journey,” and one disc with the 1 hour, 53-minute theatrical version of the documentary, which encompasses both the Origins and Legacy segments. Both the documentary and the concert performances are captured in full High Definition.
 
Disc 1
Gustav Mahler: Origins
The first of two episodes explores the roots of Gustav Mahler’s music. SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas journeys to rural Bohemia to rediscover the inspirations of Mahler’s music, and traces Mahler’s life through the premiere of his first symphony in 1888. It shocked the contemporary audience, but as MTT and the San Francisco Symphony reveal, on location and in performance, this ground-breaking symphony contains elements of everything else that Mahler composed. Shot on location in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and in performance in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.
 
Gustav Mahler: Legacy
In part two of Keeping Score: Mahler, MTT examines Mahler’s creative growth, from the 1890s to his death at the age of 51 on May 18, 1911, including his symphonies, the Rückert songs and Das Lied von der Erde. The show charts Mahler’s mercurial career as a conductor, from the Vienna Opera to Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as his tempestuous relationship with his wife Alma. At Mahler’s simple grave in a Grinzing cemetery, MTT explains why Mahler has so profoundly affected his own life. Shot on location in the Czech Republic, Austria, New York, and in performance in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.
 
Disc 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major in Concert
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Titan. The program was taped as part of the SFS’s Mahler Festival in Davies Symphony Hall in September and October of 2009.
 
"A Mahler Journey"
This concert includes the pivotal repertoire explored in "Gustav Mahler: Legacy." World-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson, a noted interpreter of Mahler’s songs, is featured performing Songs of a Wayfarer. The program also includes Mahler’s famous and poignant love song, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, the Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 in E minor and the Rondo Burleske from Symphony No. 9 in D major. The program was taped as part of the SFS’s Mahler Festival in Davies Symphony Hall in September and October of 2009.
 
Presented in High Definition 16:9 widescreen and 5.1 surround sound or 7.1 Dolby TrueHD.

Our price: $34.99
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
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)

Our price: $18.98
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”

Our price: $27.95
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder (2 Hybrid SACD set)
SKU: 9714
 
 
2004 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
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Hybrid SACD)
Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 4 on May 7-10, 2015 at Davies Symphony Hall.
 
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.


Our price: $22.95
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.


Our price: $22.95
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (2 Hybrid SACD set)
SKU: 4038
 
2003 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

2007 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
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.


Our price: $27.95
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. Now celebrating his tenth season as Music Director, he and the SFS have formed an orchestral partnership acclaimed for innovation, artistic excellence, and a revitalization of the classical musical experience.
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 Total Length 47:37:31
  1. 1st Movement—Andante comodo
  2. 2nd Movement—Im Tempo

Disc Two Total Length 41:50:34

  1. 3rd Movement—Rondo - Burleske
  2. 4th Movement—Adagio

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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

Our price: $22.95
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: 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.

Our price: $22.95
The Mahler Symphonies: An Owner's Manual (Book with CD)
SKU: 5976
 
Since Gustav Mahler was rediscovered in the early 1960s, his symphonies have become arguably the most popular works in the modern orchestral repertoire.

Mahler's Symphonies: An Owner's Manual is the first discussion of the ten completed symphonies (No. 1-9 plus The Song of the Earth) to offer music lovers and record collectors a comprehensive overview of the music itself, what it sounds like, how it is organized, its form, content, and meaning, as it strikes today's listeners.

The book caters to the novice as David Hurwitz describes what the listener will hear, section by section, using simple cues such as important instrumental solos, recognizable tunes, climaxes, and other easily audible musical facts. He explains how each work is arranged, how the various parts relate to each other, and how one work leads to the next. It describes the emotional extravagance that lies at the root of Mahler's popularity, the consistency of his symphonic thinking, the relationship of each work to its companions, and his dazzling and revolutionary use of orchestral instruments to create an expressive musical language that is varied in content and immediate in impact.

The accompanying CD contains recordings from Symphony No. 1, Third Movement; Symphony No. 2, First Movement; Symphony No. 5, Third Movement; and Symphony No. 7, Second Movement: Nachtmusik I.


Our price: $22.99
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
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

Rückert-Lieder:   
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

Our price: $45.90
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