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Robin Sutherland - Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach (2 CD set)
SKU: 0946
Special Offer - CD Signed by Pianist Robin Sutherland! - Limited Quantities
All Signed CDs are unshrinkwrapped to allow for the signature.
Out of Print and unavailable for several years, we are happy to present a new pressing of Robin Sutherland's The Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach.
SFS Principal Pianist since 1973, Robin Sutherland began his musical career at the age of four. A finalist in the International Bach Competition at Washington, D.C., he has performed the entire keyboard works of Bach. The Goldberg Variations reflect Bach's work around 1740 for Count Kaiserling to be played by Goldberg during the often sickly count's sleepless nights.

Track List:
    Disc One
  1. Variation: Aria
  2. Variation: 1
  3. Variation: 2
  4. Variation: 3 - Canone all'unisuono
  5. Variation: 4
  6. Variation: 5
  7. Variation: 6 - Canone alla seconda
  8. Variation: 7
  9. Variation: 8
  10. Variation: 9 - Canone alla Terza
  11. Variation: 10
  12. Variation: 11
  13. Variation: 12 - Canone alla quarta
  14. Variation: 13
  15. Variation: 14
  16. Variation: 15 - Canone alla quinta
    Disc Two
  17. Variation: 16 - Ouverture
  18. Variation: 17
  19. Variation: 18 - Canone alla sesta
  20. Variation: 19
  21. Variation: 20
  22. Variation: 21 - Canone alla settima
  23. Variation: 22
  24. Variation: 23
  25. Variation: 24 - Canone all'ottava
  26. Variation: 25
  27. Variation: 26
  28. Variation: 27 - Canone alla nona
  29. Variation: 28
  30. Variation: 29
  31. Variation: 30 - Quodlibet
  32. Variation: Aria
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Music from Telluride - The Telluride Chamber Music Festival (CD)
SKU: 12516
First time on CD!
Robin Sutherland is the keyboardist for the San Francisco Symphony.
Re-issued treasures and a premiere performance to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.
This special commemorative re-issue celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival and features performances of Kreisler, London, and Arnesky -- works previously only available on vinyl. The CD also includes a performance of Sarasateana by Efrem Zimbalist, which has never before been commercially available.
Telluride’s annual summer Chamber Music Festival may seem an unlikely haven for Bay Area artists, but for the last 40 years it has been the summer home of founder Roy Malan, concertmaster of the SF Ballet. In 1973 he started coordinating concerts at Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House, nestled in the spectacular San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The festival started from humble beginnings recalls Malan, “To drum up interest Robin Sutherland (SF Symphony keyboardist) and I strolled up and down Colorado Avenue bearing sandwich boards.” The Telluride Chamber Music Festival has become a locus for chamber music of the highest caliber, attracting some of San Francisco’s top symphony, ballet, and opera players as well as drawing from the finest local artists. Pianist Robin Sutherland anchors the program with trademark brilliance, bringing the warm, collaborative musical spirit that comes naturally for this genuine chamber music enthusiast.
Recorded in 1984, Music from Telluride was briefly released on vinyl, intended primarily for the local Festival audience. It included three works: the charming Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta of Fritz Kreisler, a clarinet quartet version of Larry London’s percussion piece Starry Nights, Doggy Days (with the composer on clarinet, “to give myself something to play”), and Anton Arensky’s monumental Piano Trio in d minor, Opus 32, featuring Malan and Sutherland teamed with Bay Area native Emil Miland on cello.
This newly-remastered CD includes those three works plus a very special treat: the 1985 premiere performance of Efrem Zimbalist’s piano quintet Sarasateana, which highlights Roy Malan’s agile, fluid mastery of the most acrobatic of violin passages.
A student of Zimbalist’s and his biographer, Malan comprehends and communicates the composer’s music with tremendous intimacy and credibility. Malan clearly loves the work, and describes it fondly in his liner note, recalling a warm relationship with his great mentor: “While Zimbalist was a student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, his teacher Leopold Auer took the twelve-year-old to hear the legendary Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate [1844–1908] play his own Spanish Dances. In his nineties Zimbalist told (me), ‘I remember the performance as if it were yesterday. The vitality, charming simplicity, and character in his playing of these little masterpieces, and above all his rhythm, remain indescribable.’ Indescribable perhaps in words, but with Sarasateana, Zimbalist was able to bring all these attributes out in music. It was his last work, and sadly he died just months before its première.”
In this work and in the Kreisler, both pinnacles of virtuosity, Malan plays without a trace of irony. It is rare, if not unheard of today, to hear Kreisler’s music played without winking at what most consider its quaint, even kitschy, salon style. But in Malan’s genuine immersion in the music we hear, as in the best of historically-informed performance, what the composer truly intended: the delightfully singing soul of the violin.
Music From Telluride
Recordings from the 1984-85 Telluride Chamber Music Festival
1: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta                    
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Roy Malan, violin; Robin Sutherland, piano
2 - 4: Starry Nights, Doggy Days  (Moderate, Slow, Fast)                       
Larry London (1949-)
Larry London, clarinet; Roy Malan, violin; Rami Solomonow, viola; John Lenz, cello
5 - 8: Piano Trio in d minor, Opus 32  (Allegro moderato; Scherzo: Allegro molto; Elegia:Adagio; Finale:Allegro non troppo)              
Anton  Arensky (1861-1906)
Roy Malan, violin; Emil Miland, cello; Robin Sutherland, piano
9 -14: Sarasateana  (Tango, Playera, Habanera, Polo, Malagueña, Zapateado)                                   
Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985)
Roy Malan & Dan Smiley, violins; Andrew Berdahl, viola; John Lenz, cello; Robin Sutherland, piano
Album produced by Lolly Lewis
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Bridge Chamber Virtuosi (CD)
SKU: 13650
Jay Liu is Associate Principal Violist in the San Francisco Symphony.
Amos Yang is Assistant Principal Cellist in the San Francisco Symphony.
Can a modern cello sound like an ancient Chinese erhu? Can a traditional string trio sound like an Asian folk ensemble? Virtuosi is not an overstatement on this CD. These musicians born of Chinese heritage, trained in the traditional classics, have combined Asian music with European with this profoundly riveting program. Amos Yang begins with Bright Sheng set for cello solo that belies the expected sound of that instrument with his remarkable versatility. Sometimes it is hard to know that it is cello we are listening to. Gobi Canticle is a study in Mongolian music using slides, glissandos, to sing a melancholy song unlike anything heard in the rest of the world. Dohnanyi Serenade takes us back to European tradition with its lovely, elegant sensuality. Ning is a poignant description of the Nanjing massacre of 1937. The pipa, combined with the superb violin and cello artistry, becomes the voice of the victims. What a joy to listen to these performances! Our traditional notions of string music is challenged, leaving us to eagerly wonder what their next project might be.
Wei He, violin
Jay Liu, viola
Amos Yang, cello
Shenshen Zhang, pipa
Bright Sheng: Seven Tunes Heard in China
1. Seasons
2. Guessing Song
3. Little Cabbage
4. Drunken Fisherman
5. Diu Diu Dong
6. Pastoral Ballade
7. Tibetan Dance
8. Lei Lang: Gobi Canticle
(world premiere recording)
Erno Dohnanyi: Serenade in C major
9. Marcia - allegro
10. Romanza - adagio
11. Scherzo - vivace
12. Tema con variazoni
13. Finale
14. Chen Yi: Ning for Violin, Cello, and Pipa
(world premiere recording)
Pipa: Shenshen Zhang
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Youth Orchestra - Live at the Berlin Philharmonie, Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (CD)
SKU: 11060
The award winning San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Mahler's Symphony No. 1, recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie.
The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is a pre-professional orchestral training program serving talented young instrumentalists ages 12-21 from across the greater Bay Area. Led by Music Director Donato Cabrera, the Youth Orchestra made its ninth international tour in the summer of 2012 with concerts in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. The six-date tour included performances at Regensburg’s Auditorium Maximum, Munich’s Philharmonie am Gasteig, at Wiesbaden’s Rheingau Festival, Luxembourg’s Festival international d’Echternach, in the Berliner Philharmonie, and Europa Hall in Salzburg. Tour repertoire included Bay Area composer John Adams’s Shaker Loops, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, and the here featured Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra won a 2011-12 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on foreign tours. 
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
San Francisco Symphony
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Symphony No. 1 in D major                                            55:18
I.    Langsam. Schleppend.
          [Slow. Dragging.]                                                      16:32
II.   Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
          [With powerful movement, but not too fast]                   7:54
III.  Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
          [Solemn and measured, without dragging]                   10:25
IV.  Stürmisch bewegt
          [With violent movement]                                            20:27
Recorded live in PCM 44.1 kHz/16-bit audio at the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany, July 3, 2012.
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Proceeds from the sale of this album benefit the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra touring program.
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Tim Higgins & Sophia Kim Cook - Stage Left
SKU: 13536
Tim Higgins is the Principal Trombone in the San Francisco Symphony.
Stage Left is the debut solo album of Tim Higgins, principal trombone with the San Francisco Symphony. The album includes vibrant interpretations of popular trombone literature, as well as lesser known works and transcriptions done by the performer. The pieces on the album are an excellent representation of Higgins' lyrical and expressive musical personality. Enhancing these characteristics is the extraordinary and powerful piano playing of Sophia Kim Cook. Stage Left is an exciting debut recording, the first of many collaborations for these two artists. Recorded in Oberlin, OH in the summer of 2012.







Track Listing:







  1. Cavatine
  2. Four Serious Songs, Op. 121: I. Denn Es Gehet Dem Menschen Wie Dem Vieh
  3. Four Serious Songs, Op. 121: II. Ich Wandte Mich, Und Sahe An
  4. Four Serious Songs, Op. 121: III. O Tod, Wie Bitter Bist Du
  5. Four Serious Songs, Op. 121: IV. Wenn Ich Mit Menschen- Und Mit Engelszungen
  6. Improvisation No. 1, For Trombone
  7. Concerto for Trombone: I. Lyrique
  8. Concerto for Trombone: II. Dolcissimo
  9. Concerto for Trombone: III. Final
  10. Interlude Lontano
  11. Choral, Cadence, Et Fugato
  12. Spiegel Im Spiegel
  13. Sonata Vox Gabrieli
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The Composer Is Dead (Hardcover Book with CD)
SKU: 7789
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.

Hardcover: 40 pages

Reading level: Ages 4-8

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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!
13 CDs priced as 8!

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Christmas by the Bay

SKU: 1381

This recording was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Crossover Album." The San Francisco Symphony Chorus led by Vance George present a very special Christmas by the Bay.

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Iosif Andriasov: Chamber Music Compositions
SKU: 10890
Victor Romasevich is a violinist for the San Francisco Symphony.
1-3. String Quartet, Op. 1
4. "Spring," for String Quartet, Op. 32
5-7. Piano Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 7 
Iosif Andriasov
String Quartet for Two Violins, Viola, and Cello
Opus 1, D Major

Iosif Andriasov composed his String Quartet in D major for two violins, viola, and cello, Opus 1, in 1954, while studying composition with Grigory Samuilovich Frid at the Music College of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. The Quartet, dedicated to his sister, Nelli Andriasian, was first performed by I. Popkov, I. Frolov (violins); unknown violist, and I. Koorkin (cello) at the Malyi Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 1954. The Quartet is sincere, lively, joyous, effervescent, tender, and courageous, and at its premiere, stirred such stormy applause by enthusiastic listeners that the balcony floor of the concert hall shook so that people on duty ran from downstairs to the hall to see what was going on there.
The American premiere of the Quartet took place with Victor Lubotsky (Romasevich), (first violin), Leonid Fleishaker (second violin), Anatole Wieck (viola) and Roger Lowe (cello) in July of 1979 at the Manhattan jail in New York City. The prisoners, guards, and other personnel were fascinated by Mr. Andriasov’s music, and gave the Quartet a heartfelt reception.
In his young years, Iosif Andriasov was encouraged to pursue his interest in Armenian classical and folk music by his first composition teacher, Grant Aramovich Grigorian, and also by Mr. Frid. The Quartet is filled with melodic intonations and rhythms of Armenian folksongs and dances.
The Quartet consists of three movements. The first movement (Allegro, D major, 6/8 time) is in the sonata form. The cello states a cheerful, vigorous song-like main theme in D major over a pulsating accompaniment, and the first violin takes this up in turn. The second theme, played by the viola over the pizzicato chords in A minor, is in the style of a graceful Armenian folk dance. It is complemented with a melody in the first violin part, based on a chain of sorrowful descending motives. In the following section, both themes are developed. In the culmination that coincides with the recapitulation, the main theme sounds as a jubilant hymn. Then, the second theme returns, stated by the cello in D minor. Finally, the main theme reasserts itself at the energetic close.

The second movement (Lento, E minor, 4/4 time) is a lyrical-dramatic poem. It is written in the three-part form. It starts with an enchanting, dreamy theme stated in a two-voice setting (a melody in the viola and a counterpoint in the first violin). The middle section becomes fervent and poignant. A new melody, played by the cello on the background of expressive chords, is based on the lamenting motifs. Beautiful, tender music reveals the hero’s heart full of compassion towards people. The extensive symphonic development brings a dramatic culmination of the second movement. A sudden recapitulation occurs where the main theme returns played by the second violin (a melody) and by the viola (a counterpoint). Gradually, the movement fades away.

The third movement (Presto, D major, 6/8 time) is an impetuous brilliant finale. It is written in the rondo form. Vivacious folk dances (two main themes) alternate with lyrical and dramatic episodes (G minor and B minor, accordingly). Here Mr. Andriasov imitates the sounding of the traditional folk instruments, such as kamancha, zurna, and doole. In the coda, the main theme of the first movement comes back in G major. After a number of repetitions of its motives, the second theme of the first movement appears, played by the viola. Both themes of the first movement are employed in the dancing, joyful finale, uniting the composition in a single whole. In the end, the active scale runs lead to an optimistic conclusion.

The String Quartet Op. 1 by Iosif Andriasov is marked by exquisite treatment of folk material, deep understanding of string instruments (I. Andriasov was a violinist himself), melodic richness, expressiveness of harmonies, well-balanced form, and clear and transparent texture.
Notes by musicologist Marta Andriasova-Kudryashova
© 2003 by Marta Andriasova-Kudryashova.

Copyright by IMMA Publishing Co.
1-3. String Quartet, Op. 1
4. "Spring," for String Quartet, Op. 32
5-7. Piano Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 7  
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Nathaniel Stookey - Junkestra

SKU: 8743

Nathaniel Stookey's Junkestra premiered at the San Francisco Symphony in 2010.

It’s probably safe to say that Nathaniel Stookey’s Junkestra is the first composition created and premiered at a city dump to be subsequently programmed by a major American orchestra. But then Junkestra is not your average piece of garbage. The work in three movements is performed using instruments Stookey created from objects scavenged from Recology’s waste transfer facility in San Francisco: a sonorous collection of pipes, pans, mixing bowls, bottles, serving trays, deck railings, dresser drawers, oil drums, bike wheels, saws, garbage cans, bathroom fixtures, bird-cages and shopping carts. The result, says Stookey, is “a richer palette of timbre and pitch than anything I could have foreseen or designed.”
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Larry Epstein - myTunes!
SKU: 5719
Larry Epstein is the Associate Principal Bass in the San Francisco Symphony.
Some of the best jazz musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area bring to life seven original tunes by bassist Larry Epstein. Ranging in moods,this music is straight-ahead, evocative and most appealing.
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Nathaniel Stookey - Music for Strings (1992-2002)
SKU: 5980
Nathaniel Stookey composed the music for the San Francisco Symphony commissioned The Composer is Dead.
Nathaniel Stookey was born and raised in San Francisco where he studied violin and composition. At seventeen, he was invited by Charles Wuorinen to create a chamber work for the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music Series, the youngest composer ever to be so honored. Since then, his music has been performed by a broad range of distinguished ensembles, from Turtle Island String Quartet to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Stookey was a Composition Fellow with the Halle Orchestra, under Kent Nagano, from 1993 to 1996 and Composer-in-Residence with the North Carolina Symphony, under Gerhardt Zimmermann, from 2000 to 2003. He has studied with Donald Erb, Andrew Imbrie, George Benjamin, Stephen Jaffe, and Scott Lindroth. Today he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. He writes: "As a violinist, string music has always been my touchstone. I have put more of myself into this medium than any other, much as a pianist-composer might be expected to channel his most personal statements into works for his own instrument. But the piano can be a world unto itself, while the strings are most often thought of in the plural - as a family. Growing up in the orchestra, we plucked together, bowed together, and rose together on the conductor's cue. For us, the pay-off was that, in behaving like a single instrument, we eventually came to sound like one. This record is a result of a decade of collaborations with string players, from my early twenties to my early thirties. More specifically, it is the culmination of an intensive three-year residency with the North Carolina Symphony, the Ciompi Quartet and the MallarmT Chamber Players, during which all four works included here were performed repeatedly and recorded."
Track Listing:
Nathaniel Stookey, composer
String Quartet No. 2
Ciompi Quartet

Nathaniel Stookey, composer
String Quartet No. 1
Ciompi Quartet

Nathaniel Stookey, composer
Sonata for Sam
Bonnie Thron, cello

Nathaniel Stookey, composer
Double, concert for two violins and strings
Brian Reagin, Rebekah Binford, violins, North Carolina Symphony Strings, William Henry Curry, conductor
Total Runtime: 54:13
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Ragnar Bohlin Vocal Ensemble - Fredrik Sixten: Mysterium

SKU: 7690

Ragnar Bohlin is the San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director.

"For a number of years I have had the fortune of working in close collaboration with composer Fredrik Sixten, premiering a number of his works for choir. What strikes me the most with Sixten's choral music is the fresh and direct approach in combination with a sense of shattering harmonic beauty.

"My hope is that the collection of pieces on this CD, reflecting various aspects of Sixten's choral music, will have an immediate appeal to its listeners and invoke an interest in following the future output of Fredrik Sixten."

-Ragnar Bohlin

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Gordon Getty - Young America (Hybrid SACD)

This hybrid SACD brings together the complete choral works Gordon Getty composed over a period of forty years, with the exception of Joan and the Bells. Gordon Getty writes in a nineteenth century (Victorian) idiom in which sentiments and ideals are central. The lyrics are from Victorian poets and old Welsh Folk Songs.

Most of Getty's works get a world premiere recording on this disc in performances by the world renowned San Francisco Symphony and Chorus with Michael Tilson Thomas and the impeccable Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov. Gordon Getty's music is inspired by composers from the Victorian era such as Wagner, Verdi, Mahler, Puccini and Strauss.

A highlight of the disc is Getty's six-part song cycle Young America, written in 2001.

Total Playing Time 63:02

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San Francisco Symphony and Chorus - Works by Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate
SKU: 7030
This new recording of works by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, was performed by the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and marks the first time a major American Symphony Orchestra and an American Indian composer have collaborated to record and release orchestral works.

Maestro Edwin Outwater served as conductor for both works, the first of which is titled Tracing Mississippi, a concerto for flute and orchestra.  The flute soloist was Christine Bailey Davis who originally commissioned the work.  From the composer’s notes, “Tracing Mississippi is a remembrance of the old country my family lived in and incorporates traditional songs and dance rhythms, along with American Indian percussion instruments.” 

Iholba’, written for flute, orchestra and chorus, was originally commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra.  Thomas Robertello, flute, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus join the San Francisco Symphony for the full scale sonic tour-de-force.  Iholba’ is performed in the native Chickasaw Language, and is based on a traditional Chickasaw “Garfish Dance Song.”  After the premiere of Iholba’, Gail Wein of the Washington Post stated:

 “Tate’s connection to nature and the human experience was quite apparent in this piece…rarer still is his ability to infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.” 

The Chickasaw Nation, in recognizing the talent of its citizen Jerod Tate and in keeping with their commitment to the arts, was responsible for the funding of this project.  Governor Bill Anoatubby remarks “We are pleased to support Jerod in this phenomenal project. He is an exceptionally talented composer. He has an amazing ability to create unique and beautiful compositions. Jerod has accomplished much. Jerod is a wonderful role model and donates much of his time to working with young people to help them develop their own talents.” 

Thunderbird Records is the first of its kind, a new music label devoted entirely to American Indian classical music.  Founder and producer, Alan Bise, upon recognizing the emotional power of this music, has made it one of his missions to capture this music and present it to the public in the finest manner possible.  This recording marks the first of Thunderbird Records in a list of planned projects.

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Aaron Jay Kernis
SKU: 2843

Recorded in the presence of the composer in 1996, the SFS with Julie Ann Giacobassi, Pamela Frank, Paul Neubauer, Carter Brey and Chistopher O'Riley performed the great works of Aaron Jay Kernis.

Track List
  1. Colored Field (Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra)
  2. Pandora Dance
  3. Hymns and Tablets
  4. Still Movement
  5. Hymn

Total Playing Time 70.37

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Gary Schwantes Ultra World X-Tet - Moon Legend

SKU: 8037

Performer Ray Froehlich is a percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Exotic, soulful, and trippy, this music defines a new San Francisco sound. A mix of Jazz, Psychedelic, Chinese, Funk, Blues, Rock, Middle Eastern and Ambient textures, Ultra World X-tet performs an exciting fusion of East and West for the 21st Century. .....The group includes Sax and Bamboo Flutes, Bass, Percussion, Guzheng (Chinese Zither) and Electric Guitar. Based in San Francisco, the group’s brand of high energy Psychedelic World Jazz casts an electrifying spell.

Moon and Legend was Produced and arranged by Gary Schwantes who also plays Saxophones, Guitar, Keyboards and Bamboo Flute. Additional magic is added by reknowned Guzheng virtuoso Weishan Liu, S.F. Symphony Percussionist Ray Froehlich, L.A. Session Veteran David Keif on Bass and Guzheng artist Winnie Wong.....The album was Mixed by Justin Lieberman and Mastered by Ken Lee for Giespro Records. Cover artwork is by Antar Irvin.

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