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Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan - Rachmaninov & Chopin: Cello Sonatas (Signed CD)
SKU: 01563255
 
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Together with long-term duo partner Inon Barnatan, best-selling Decca cellist Alisa Weilerstein records two of the giants of ‘cello chamber music: the Rachmaninov and Chopin sonatas.
 
Alisa Weilerstein’s debut on Decca with the Elgar Cello Concerto (conducted by Daniel Barenboim; his first recording of this outstanding work since his earlier recording with the legendary Jacqueline du Pre) was received rapturously by critics worldwide; and her subsequent recording of the Dvorak cello concerto no less well-received.
 
Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan are two of the world’s leading instrumentalists, and this album clearly shows the benefits of a long-lasting chamber music partnership with two exceptional musicians, captured in their prime.
 
The Rachmaninov Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano – premiered with the composer himself playing the fiendishly tricky piano part – is Rachmaninov’s last chamber music work. One of the first major pieces to be written after Rachmaninov overcame “writer’s block” with a course of hypnotherapy, this is a piece to be discovered and treasured.
 
Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G minor is one of the few works Chopin wrote for instruments other than the piano; and the last of his works to be published in his lifetime. Remarkable for its concentration of material, no work of Chopin’s gave him more trouble; “I write a little and cross out a lot”, wrote Chopin. Alisa and Inon bring out a wealth of feeling in this emotional rollercoaster of a piece.
 
By contrast, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante is one of his first published compositions. Full of bravura and verve, it has an undeniable feel for the spirit of the dance and a distinctive theme. Then Chopin’s Etude – essentially a nocturne – brings a dramatic change of character and mood “somber, mysterious dreams” (Heller); “a song of happiness irredeemably lost” (Koczalski).
 
When Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan perform together, audiences are enthralled, critics enraptured. This disc sets a new benchmark for recordings of these great works, and this exceptional quality of music-making is certain to set the bar for a long time.
 
“The pair closed with Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, a work of such fiendish difficulty that even Chopin was convinced that parts of it might be unplayable. Ms. Weilerstein and Mr. Barnatan put that notion to rest with their poise and passion, and they returned amid thunderous applause”

Sergei Rachmaninov
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Inon Barnatan, piano
 
1-4. Sonata for cello and piano, op.19         
5. Vocalise, op.34 no.14 
 
Frederic Chopin
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Inon Barnatan, piano 
       
6-9. Sonata for cello and piano, op.65
10. Etude, op.25 no.7
11. Introduction et Polonaise brillante for piano and cello, op.3
 
Total Playing Time: 80:47
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Debussy: Images, Jeux, La plus que lente (Hybrid SACD)
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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.
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Debussy: Images, Jeux, La plus que lente (Signed CD) + "Water Music" Water Bottle (White)
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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.
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Debussy: Images, Jeux, La plus que lente (Signed CD) + Great Beards Tote Bag
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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.
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Denis Kozhukhin - Brahms: Ballades & Fantasies (Signed CD)
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SKU: 016599
 
Bold, turbulent defiance sit alongside pained introspection and bittersweet reverie in this penetrating recital of Brahms piano works by the acclaimed young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin.
 
By turns placid, sparse, restive, and impassioned, the highly personal and contemplative late piano pieces of Brahms have been described as “the mirrors of his soul.” The seven pieces comprising the Fantasias, Op. 116 are quite different in mood but are nevertheless intricately constructed to produce poetic miniatures of great depth and sonority, requiring sensitive artistry to convey their sense of unity and poignancy.
 
Brahms is in a more full-bloodied and demonstrative mood with the four character pieces in the much earlier Ballades, Op 10. But these too show moments of transcendent beauty as in the closing ballade where the tenor melody is woven into the mellifluously undulating pianissimo accompaniment. And in the rarely heard Theme and Variations, Op. 18b, Brahms makes a sumptuous and instantly seductive arrangement of the second movement of his own String Sextet, producing an arresting and magisterial work with exquisite tone colorations and a hushed, sublime ending.

CD Contents:
 
Johannes Brahms
Denis Kozhukin, piano
 
1. Themes and Variations, Op. 18b
2-5. Ballades, Op. 10
6-12. Fantasies, Op. 116
 
Total Playing Time: 57:01
 
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Denis Kozhukhin - Tchaikovsky & Grieg: Piano Concertos (Signed CD)
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SKU: 016600
 
Kozhukhin established himself on the international concert scene after winning prizes at the 2006 Leeds International Piano Competition, as well as the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition. ‘I am thrilled to have the opportunity to record repertoire that has played a significant part in my musical life,’ says Kozhukhin about this recording, made with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.
 
Kozhukhin chose two concertos that against all odds, both turned out to become “virtuoso warhorses.”
 
Grieg is known as a composer with a focus on the more intimate musical genres. His first attempt to compose in a more extensive musical genre, resulted in a symphony of which Grieg himself said it “should never be performed....” His other attempt however, the Piano Concerto in A minor, brought him world-wide success.
 
Until Tchaikovsky started writing his first piano concerto, piano music had only been of secondary interest to him. As he himself put it: “Basically, I am inflicting violence upon myself by forcing my brain to come up with piano passages.” After seeking professional advice on the composition with his friend and excellent pianist Nikolaj Rubinstein, the latter basically massacred the piece and refused to première it. Fortunately Tchaikovsky then decided to dedicate it to German pianist Hans von Bülow, who later on gave it its triumphant première. Nowadays these two concertos rank among the most magical in the piano repertoire.

CD Contents:
 
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
Denis Kozhukin, piano
 
1-3. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
4-6. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
 
Total Playing Time: 64:37
 
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Emanuel Ax - Chopin: 4 Ballades; Scherzos; Mazurkas

SKU: 6432

Emanuel Ax here offers a fine selection of Chopin, showcasing every aspect of the great Polish composer. The G Minor Ballade is played as poetically as the Scherzos are played expressively, with some of the more chaotic moments presented in the most melodious way. Ax rarely showboats and is mostly interested in Chopin's long lines. His tone is always warm and never brittle; the argument could be made that some of the music is emotionally thornier than Ax acknowledges, but he nonetheless is always communicative, underlining the harmonic daring of the music this latter trait particularly in the mazurkas. The two CDs are programmed for variety and it works--listening straight through never tires the ear or the sensations. The sound is big and rich. Highly recommended. --Robert Levine, Amazon.com

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Garrick Ohlsson - Chopin: Chamber Music (Signed CD)
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SKU: 016549
 
While there is no composition by Chopin that does not involve the piano, the cello is the only other instrument for which he wrote any significant music. His first effort was a polonaise written in 1829 when he was visiting the home of Prince Radziwill, governor of the Principality of Poznan and himself a composer and cellist of sorts. Writing to his friend Tytus Woyciechowski in November, he is rather dismissive of his ‘alla polacca’ describing it as ‘nothing more than a brilliant drawing-room piece suitable for the ladies’. He hoped that the Prince’s daughter, Wanda, would practise the piano part (he was supposed to be giving her lessons) in which case she must have been an accomplished pianist, though her father would not have found the cello part over-taxing. The following year Chopin added an introduction, inspired by his friendship in Vienna with the cellist Joseph Merk. The Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major for piano and cello Op 3 was dedicated to Merk. Carl Czerny (1791–1857) produced a piano solo version of the work but in the 1980s an arrangement by Chopin himself was unearthed.
 
The Piano Trio in G minor Op 8 was composed a year earlier, in 1828, for private performance at ‘Antonin’, the home of Prince Radziwill. This is Chopin’s only example of writing for the violin, and it shows a surprising lack of flair (in the first movement, for instance, the violinist rarely moves out of first position). It is a genial work in four movements (Allegro con fuoco, Scherzo, Adagio sostenuto and an Allegretto finale) but there is little of the interplay between the three instruments of the kind that makes the trios of Beethoven, Schubert and Hummel such a delight. Chopin seems hampered by the confines of classical procedures, working ideas through dutifully rather than with individuality and imagination, though various commentators have praised the Trio as ‘one of the most perfect and, unfortunately, most neglected of Chopin’s works’ (Charles Willeby) and wondered why ‘so graceful and winning a piece is not more of a staple in the concert hall’ (Emanuel Ax).
 
In the chronology of works for cello and piano, the Grand Duo in E major on themes from Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable comes next. The opera had a sensational premiere in Paris on 21 November 1831. Set in thirteenth-century Sicily, the libretto, ‘in which the grotesque is carried to the point of absurdity’ (Kobbé), was saved by Meyerbeer’s brilliant score, and the work made a fortune for the Paris Opéra. Its themes attracted dozens of composers including Thalberg, Kalkbrenner, Herz and Liszt. Chopin was commissioned by his publisher Schlesinger to write this potpourri, a brilliant display piece of the kind that was so popular in the Parisian salons of the time. After the piano’s Largo introduction, among the themes used are the Romanza and the chorus ‘Non pietà’ from Act 1, and ‘Le mie cure ancor dei cielo’ (Act 5). Composed in 1831, it is one of only four Chopin works published in his lifetime without an opus number and the only one to be composed in collaboration, in this case with his friend the cellist August Franchomme.
 
‘I write a little and cross out a lot’, Chopin wrote to his sister during the composition of his final major work, the Cello Sonata in G minor Op 65, written in Paris in 1845 and 1846. ‘Sometimes I am pleased with it, sometimes not. I throw it into a corner and then pick it up again.’ No work of his gave him more trouble, as manifested by the extensive sketches. It was the last one to be published during his lifetime, written when his health was failing. The four movements (Allegro moderato, Scherzo, Largo and Allegro) show how far Chopin had developed in his ability to form a closely integrated sonata structure, with ideas developing from a variety of short but related motifs.
 
For some of Chopin’s contemporaries it was a difficult work to grasp. Moscheles found ‘passages which sound to me like someone preluding on the piano, the player knocking at the door of every key and clef, to find if any melodious sounds were at home’, yet he thought well enough of it to make an arrangement for piano four hands. The Allegro moderato, especially, puzzled even Chopin’s intimates—players today find it the most problematic in terms of balance—and he omitted the movement at the premiere given by himself and Franchomme, the work’s dedicatee, on 16 February 1848. This first movement clearly had some hidden significance for him. Various commentators have noted in it thematic references from Schubert’s Winterreise, notably the initial phrase of ‘Gute Nacht’, the opening song. The subject of the song-cycle, the disappointed lover in despair at leaving his beloved, would seem to reflect the circumstances of Chopin’s life when he was writing the Sonata. There is evidence that he turned to Winterreise at the time of his separation from George Sand. Could that be why the first movement was not played at the premiere? Is that why on his deathbed he asked Franchomme to play it but could not bear to hear more than the opening bars?

CD Contents:
 
Frédéric Chopin
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Carter Brey, cello
Leila Josefowicz, violin
 
1-4. Cello Sonata in G minor, op.65
5. Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major, op.3
6. Grand Duo in E major
7-10. Piano Trio in G minor, op.8
 
Total Playing Time: 76:13
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Garrick Ohlsson - Smetana: Czech Dances & On the Seashore (Signed CD)
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SKU: 016547
 
Smetana’s two sets of Czech Dances—the first comprising four Chopin-esque Polkas, the second exploring other dance forms more associated with Dvořák—provide the ideal vehicle for the understated pianism of Garrick Ohlsson. The evocative tone poem in miniature On the seashore completes the programme.
 
CD Contents:
 
Bedřich Smetana
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
 
1-4. Czech Dances: Book 1
5-14. Czech Dances: Book 2
15. On the Seashore - A Reminiscence
 
Total Playing Time: 62:15
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Jonathan Biss - Schumann, Janácek (Signed CD)
SKU: 141395
 
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Of the American pianist Jonathan Biss, the Guardian recently observed that ‘he has few peers as a Schumann pianist today.'
 
Jonathan Biss placed Schumann at the heart of his recital as he paired the composer’s captivating Fantasiestücke with his intimate, characterful Davidsbündlertänze. Highlighting the strong connections these works have with Janácek’s On the overgrown path, Biss crafted a rich texture by interspersing movements from the Janácek with the Schumann, as he subtly created each colourful sound world in mere moments.
 
Runtime: 79:00
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Kelley O'Connor - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (Signed 2 CD Set)
SKU: 0158145
 
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Conducted by Jaap Van Zweden, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, presents this live recording of Gustav Mahlers Symphony No. 3. The centerpiece of the first Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival in Dallas, Symphony No. 3 was recorded at live concerts at the event on May 21-23, 2015. The third symphony is the longest, but most jubilant symphony of Mahlers. The composer described the piece as beginning with inanimate nature and ascending to the love of God. Joining the orchestra are the Women of the Dallas Symphony Chorus with Joshua Habermann conducting, as well as the Childrens Chorus of Greater Dallas, under director Cynthia Nott.
 
CD Contents:
 
Gustav Mahler
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Dallas Symphony Chorus & Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
Jaap Van Zweden, conductor
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
 
1-6. Symphony No. 3 in D minor
 
Total Playing Time: 96:00
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Nicola Benedetti - Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Violin Concertos (Signed CD)
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SKU: 016551
 
Nicola Benedetti has recorded two giants of the violin concerto repertoire, the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, op.35 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op.26.
 
The Tchaikovsky and Bruch concertos, composed in 1878 and 1866 respectively, are two of the best-known – and best-loved - concertos in the repertoire. In the case of the Tchaikovsky it is also one of the most technically demanding.

CD Contents:
 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
 
1-3. Violin Concerto in D major, op.35 
     
Max Bruch
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
      
4-6. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op.26
 
Total Playing Time: 60:10
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 13923
 
Discover powerful and moving music by Tchaikovsky in this all-new release from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. With the heroic Symphony No. 5 and the passionate Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture—featuring one of the best-known love themes ever written—this thrilling, live recording is the perfect addition to any music collection.
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Vasily Petrenko - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 & Dances From Aleko (Signed CD)
SKU: 111085
 
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This exciting Rachmaninoff cycle has already won golden opinions: 'This music - and these recordings - will last for a very long time' (Classic FM). This release presents the best-known of the three symphonies, with its lush Adagio and famous, homesick clarinet melody. Three bright dances from an early opera offer a dramatic counterpoint.
 
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
 
1-3. Dances from Aleko
4-7. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
 
Total Playing Time: 73:05
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SFS Beethoven Collection (6 CDs + 1 DVD)
 SKU: 12020
 
Price: $130 $99.99 (6 CDs + 1 DVD)
 
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Own two of the works that helped cement Beethoven's repuation as a creative genius like none other. Internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in a dynamic performance of Beethoven's robust Piano Concerto No. 3. Then, MTT leads the Grammy-winning SF Symphony Chorus and musicians in a rarely performed work: Beethoven's Mass in C major.
 
 
 
Not all revolutions are political. Some overturn artistic conventions. Beethoven's Eroica challenged accepted artistic notions of music as a kind of decorative background and brought the listener along on a gripping voyage into the unconscious. Retracing Beethoven's steps through Vienna's aristocratic ballrooms and Austria's rustic villages, MTT explores how Beethoven channeled his fears of deafness, his admiration for Napoleon, and his obsession to prove himself the greatest composer of his time and to write a piece that forever changed what a symphony would be.
 
 
 
Beethoven's colossal Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II for chorus, soloists, and orchestra and his playful, upbeat Second Symphony combine on this powerful new recording from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony and Chorus. Rarely performed and recorded, this gripping and profoundly moving funeral cantata proved a revelation during the Symphony's May 2013 Beethoven Project. The recording features the Symphony, Chorus, and a glorious solo quartet - soprano Sally Matthews, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Barry Banks, and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams - all conducted by MTT. Presented as a premium audio hybrid SACD, this album is the latest addition to the San Francisco Symphony's ever growing collection of Beethoven recordings.
 
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony release an all-new recording of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony. From its stormy opening to the towering fourth movement, Beethoven’s final and perhaps greatest symphony is also one of the most universally loved. The album features the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, bass-baritone Nathan Berg, tenor William Burden, mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen, and soprano Erin Wall. Beethoven’s Ninth is the latest addition to the San Francisco Symphony’s Beethoven recordings, and is presented in premium audio Hybrid SACD.
 
 
 
Following closely on the heels of the seven Grammy-Award winning Mahler recording cycle, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of two of Beethoven's most popular works, Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4.
 
Emanuel Ax, a frequent collaborator with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, is the soloist on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. His performance of the slow movement was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "dark and eloquent."
 
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Leonore Overture No. 3.
 
This album continues MTT and the SFS's ongoing exploration of the music of Beethoven. Previously SFS Media released Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 with Emanuel Ax. MTT also led a journey through Beethoven's music in Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica.
 
 
 
“On its very first page Beethoven threw his hat into the ring and laid his claim to immortality.” Thus H. L. Mencken on the Third Symphony. But there’s a big hole in that very first page, put there by a boiling-mad composer as he brusquely scraped off the dedication to Napoleon in response to the erstwhile First Consul’s having been proclaimed Emperor in May 1804.

This companion concert recording for Keeping Score: Beethoven’s Eroica, as seen on PBS, was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in May 2004.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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. 
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Masterpieces in Miniature (Hybrid SACD)
SFS Media Sale!  $18.98  $13.98
 
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.
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Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 7 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 10116
  
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Leonore Overture No. 3.
 
This album continues MTT and the SFS's ongoing exploration of the music of Beethoven. Previously SFS Media released Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 with Emanuel Ax. MTT also led a journey through Beethoven's music in Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica.
 
 
Ludwig Van Beethoven
 
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
 
Leonore Overture No. 3, Opus 72a                                          14:00
 
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Opus 92                                     39:40
I.  Poco sostenuto - Vivace                                                          15:00      
II.  Allegretto                                                                               8:34       
III.  Presto                                                                                   8:45             
IV.  Allegro con brio                                                                      7:21                                                       
 
Total: 53:40
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, September 14-17, 2011 and October 7-9, 2010.
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 9282 
 
Following closely on the heels of the seven Grammy-Award winning Mahler recording cycle, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of two of Beethoven's most popular works, Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4.

Emanuel Ax, a frequent collaborator with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, is the soloist on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. His performance of the slow movement was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "dark and eloquent."

"The musicians of this Orchestra are playing at the highest level," said Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas recently. "I continue to be impressed by the power, richness, and sophistication of their sound whether performing repertoire by Beethoven or by American Mavericks such as Ives, Copland, or John Adams."

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 10899
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony release an all-new recording of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony. From its stormy opening to the towering fourth movement, Beethoven’s final and perhaps greatest symphony is also one of the most universally loved. The album features the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, bass-baritone Nathan Berg, tenor William Burden, mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen, and soprano Erin Wall. Beethoven’s Ninth is the latest addition to the San Francisco Symphony’s Beethoven recordings, and is presented in premium audio Hybrid SACD.
 
This album continues MTT and the San Francisco Symphony's ongoing exploration of the music of Beethoven. Previously SFS Media released Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 7 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 with Emanuel Ax. MTT also led a journey through Beethoven's music in Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica.
 
 
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
 
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
 
Erin Wall, soprano
William Burden, tenor
Kendall Gladen, mezzo-soprano
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
 
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, director
 
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125                  1:10:41
I.   Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso       16:23
II.  Molto vivace                                                                 11:45
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato     16:27
IV. Finale: Ode, "To Joy"                                                26:08
 
Recorded live in PCM 96 kHz/24-bit audio at Davies Symphony Hall on June 27-30, 2012.
 
 
 
 

 

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