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Debussy: Images, Jeux, La plus que lente (Hybrid SACD)

New Release!

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an all-Debussy album featuring Images pour orchestre, Jeux, and La plus que lente. This album brings the vivid landscapes of Images, impassioned playfulness of Jeux, and the sensuality of La plus que lente together in a collection that exquisitely illustrates the French composer’s mastery with orchestration.
Our price: $18.98
Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra (Hybrid SACD)
2017 Grammy® Award Nominee for Best Orchestral Performance! 
 
New!
 
SKU: 015415
 
“This is new music as you always hoped it would be—exciting, beautiful, surprising, and full of a vivid sense of discovery.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an exhilarating album of composer Mason Bates’s large-scale works for orchestra and electronica. Hear the first-ever recordings of his colossal Liquid Interface and the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides alongside Bates’s supercharged work, Alternative Energy. One of the most creative and ingenuous synthesists of our time, these works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider—and more.
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
SFS American Mavericks CD Collection (6 CD Set)
SKU: 10502
 
Newly expanded!
 
Price: $105 $79.99 (6 CDs)
 
That's over $25 in savings!
 
Set includes:
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an exhilarating album of composer Mason Bates’ large-scale works for orchestra and electronica. Hear the first-ever recordings of his colossal Liquid Interface and the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides alongside Bates’ supercharged work, Alternative Energy. One of the most creative and ingenuous synthesists of our time, these works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider—and more.
 
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’ Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music. Hear Adams’ inspired and witty take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in this first-ever recording of his SFS-commissioned Absolute Jest. Also featured is Grand Pianola Music, with its tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, written for and premiered by the SFS. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time: John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
 
The latest release from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy® Award-winning San Francisco Symphony features stunning live recordings from the SFS's wildly successful American Mavericks festival. Presented in premium audio hybrid SACD, American Mavericks includes performances of four works by three influential but seldom heard twentieth century masters. Performances of Henry Cowell's Synchrony and his Piano Concerto, with Jeremy Denk on piano, combine Cowell's distinctive musical language with exceptionally expressive playing to produce a powerful musical experience. Lou Harrison's eclectic compositional style and organ soloist Paul Jacobs's spectacular virtuosity are on full display in Harrison's Concert for Organ with Percussion orchestra. This one-of-a-kind disc concludes with Edgard Varèse's monumental Amériques and the orchestral siren that has influenced generations of composers. 
 
 
Winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Orchestral Performance!
  
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a Hybrid SACD of John Adams' San Francisco Symphony commissioned Harmonielehre and the Michael Tilson Thomas commissioned Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
The SFS commissioned, premiered, and recorded Harmonielehre in March 1985 under Edo De Waart during Adams’ tenure as SFS composer in residence. Adams recalled, “I was a young composer when I wrote Harmonielehre and I had really only written two other orchestra pieces at that point and one of them was Harmonium, which was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony only a few years before that. Harmonielehre was tough coming out… I was searching for what I wanted to say. I knew that part of what I wanted to write for the orchestra was a music that would kind of strum the strings of its repertoire that would play to its strengths… [with Harmonielehre] I really confronted who I was, who I am, John Adams as a composer - somebody who grew up listening to classical music, classical orchestral music, who played in orchestras when I was younger, who conducted, who loved that repertoire, but at the same time was somebody who also grew up listening to jazz and rock and who was very influenced by minimalism. So it’s this rather strange marriage of the driving pulse of American minimalism and the sensuous and emotional and expressive world of the great European masterpieces.”
 
 
 
Following closely on the heels of their seven Grammy-Award® winning Mahler recording cycle, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of Charles Ives' A Concord Symphony orchestrated by Henry Brant and Aaron Copland's Organ Symphony with organist Paul Jacobs. A Concord Symphony is Brant's orchestral arrangement of Ives' Sonata No. 2 for Piano. 
 
 
 
Folk music played an important role in shaping the musical styles of both Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, a pair of American originals—one French-trained, the other stubbornly home-grown—who are both noted for weaving alluring sonic tapestries of American life. For New Englander Ives, the key to authenticity lay in a kaleidoscopic pageant of tunes, dances, evocative sounds, and wildly unorthodox harmonic idioms. The Holidays Symphony, beginning with “Washington’s Birthday” and ending with “Thanksgiving,” occupied him on and off for more than fifteen years.
 
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score includes Charles Ives's Holidays Symphony performed by the San Francisco Symphony, which was featured on PBS in Keeping Score: Ives Holidays Symphony. The recording of Copland's Appalachian
Our price: $79.99
SFS Beethoven Collection (6 CDs + 1 DVD)
SKU: 12020
 
Newly expanded!
 
Price: $130 $99.99 (6 CDs + 1 DVD)
 
That's over $30 in savings!
 
Set includes:
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our price: $99.99
West Side Story (2-Disc Hybrid SACD Set)
A New York Times Best Recording of 2014  
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy Award–winning San Francisco Symphony present a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s complete score for the beloved musical West Side Story. The recording boasts a talented cast of Broadway actors led by Alexandra Silber (Maria) and Cheyenne Jackson (Tony) alongside members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. This Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Set includes a 100-page booklet featuring a new interview with MTT, notes from Rita Moreno and Jamie Bernstein, as well as a West Side Story historical timeline, archival photographs, complete lyrics, and rehearsal and performance photos. Presented in a High Definition Premium Audio Hybrid SACD* Set, this must-have album is the latest treasure from the Orchestra’s very own SFS Media label.
 
The performances were recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in late June and early July 2013 after Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony became the first orchestra to receive permission from all four West Side Story rights-holders to perform and record the musical score in its entirety in a concert setting. Of the new recording, Michael Tilson Thomas said, “This is a new and rare opportunity to hear Bernstein’s complete score sung by a sensational young cast and a knock-your-socks-off orchestra.  The San Francisco Symphony totally understands and feels this music.  We show the Broadway roots of the piece and how its universal qualities translate into the way we think about it today.”
Our price: $29.95
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 & Mass in C major (Hybrid SACD)
New!
 
Own two of the works that helped cement Beethoven’s reputation 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.

This album continues MTT and the San Francisco Symphony's ongoing exploration of the music of Beethoven. Previously, SFS Media released Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Symphony No. 2Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 7, and Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4, again with with Emanuel Ax. MTT also led a journey through Beethoven's music in Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica.

 

Our price: $18.98
American Mavericks: Cowell, Harrison, Varèse (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 10500
 
The latest release from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy® award-winning San Francisco Symphony features stunning live recordings from the SFS's wildly successful American Mavericks festival. Presented in premium audio hybrid SACD, American Mavericks includes performances of four works by three influential but seldom heard twentieth century masters. Performances of Henry Cowell's Synchrony and his Piano Concerto, with Jeremy Denk on piano, combine Cowell's distinctive musical language with exceptionally expressive playing to produce a powerful musical experience. Lou Harrison's eclectic compositional style and organ soloist Paul Jacobs's spectacular virtuosity are on full display in Harrison's Concert for Organ with Percussion orchestra. This one-of-a-kind disc concludes with Edgard Varèse's monumental Amériques and the orchestral siren that has influenced generations of composers. 
Our price: $18.98
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
Adams: Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music (Hybrid SACD)
One of NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2015
 
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’ Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music. Hear Adams’ inspired and witty take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in this first-ever recording of his SFS-commissioned Absolute Jest. Also featured is Grand Pianola Music, with its tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, written for and premiered by the SFS. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time: John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
Grammy-award winning collaboration between John Adams, MTT, and the San Francisco Symphony.
 
John Adams
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, music director
 
Absolute Jest                                  25:40
Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
St. Lawrence String Quartet: Geoff Nuttall (violin), Scott St. John (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola), Christopher Costanza (cello).
1.   Beginning                                       10:35
2.   Presto                                          3:30
3.   Lo stesso tempo                          1:07
4.   Meno mosso                                     3:18
5.   Vivacissimo                                   1:49
6.   Prestissimo                                       5:21
 
Grand Pianola Music                             31:54
Conducted by John Adams
Orli Shaham (piano), Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Synergy Vocals: Micaela Haslam (soprano), Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (soprano), Heather Cairncross (alto).
7.   Part 1                                              15:23
8.   Part 1 – Slow                                       7:46
9.   Part 2, On the Dominant Divide       8:45
 
Total Playing Time: 57:34
 
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall – a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. Absolute Jest was recorded in 96 kHz/24-bit audio (May 4, 5, and 9, 2013), Grand Pianola Music was recorded in PCM 192 kHz/24-bit audio (January 16-18, 2015).
Our price: $18.98
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.
Our price: $18.98
Adams: Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Hybrid SACD)
2013 Grammy® Award Winner for Best Orchestral Performance!
2013 ECHO Klassik Award Winner for Orchestra of the Year!

SKU: 9924

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a Hybrid SACD of John Adams' San Francisco Symphony commissioned Harmonielehre and the Michael Tilson Thomas commissioned Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

The SFS commissioned, premiered, and recorded Harmonielehre in March 1985 under Edo De Waart during Adams’ tenure as SFS composer in residence. Adams recalled, “I was a young composer when I wrote Harmonielehre and I had really only written two other orchestra pieces at that point and one of them was Harmonium, which was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony only a few years before that. Harmonielehre was tough coming out… I was searching for what I wanted to say. I knew that part of what I wanted to write for the orchestra was a music that would kind of strum the strings of its repertoire that would play to its strengths… [with Harmonielehre] I really confronted who I was, who I am, John Adams as a composer - somebody who grew up listening to classical music, classical orchestral music, who played in orchestras when I was younger, who conducted, who loved that repertoire, but at the same time was somebody who also grew up listening to jazz and rock and who was very influenced by minimalism. So it’s this rather strange marriage of the driving pulse of American minimalism and the sensuous and emotional and expressive world of the great European masterpieces.”

Our price: $18.98
Copland Organ Symphony and Ives/Brant A Concord Symphony (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 9283

Following closely on the heels of their seven Grammy-Award winning Mahler recording cycle, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of Charles Ives' A Concord Symphony orchestrated by henry Brant and Aaron Copland's Organ Symphony with organist Paul Jacobs. A Concord Symphony is Brant's orchestral arrangement of Ives' Sonata No. 2 for Piano.

Our price: $18.98
Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Symphony No. 2 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 12129
 
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.
 
This album continues MTT and the San Francisco Symphony's ongoing exploration of the music of Beethoven. Previously SFS Media released Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 7, and Beethoven: 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
Sally Matthews, soprano
Barry Banks, tenor
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Foster-Williams
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, director
Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87 38:36
I. Todt! Todt! 7:45
II. Ein Ungeheuer, sein Name Fanatismus 1:30
III. Da kam Joseph 4:44
IV. Da stiegen die Menschen an’s Licht 5:34
V. Er schläft 2:32
VI. Hier schlummert seinen stillen Frieden 7:38
VII. Todt! Todt! 8:53
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 36 34:48
I. Adagio molto—Allegro con brio 12:59
II. Larghetto 11:26
III. Scherzo: Allegro 3:41
IV. Allegro molto 6:42
Total Playing Time: 73:20
Recorded live in PCM 96 kHz/24-bit audio May 2-3, 2013 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
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Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica (Companion Audio CD)
Companion audio CD to the acclaimed Keeping Score series.

“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. Beethoven retitled the work as Sinfonia eroica, “composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.”
Our price: $9.99
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."

Our price: $18.98
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.
Our price: $18.98
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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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.
 
 
Visit the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra at www.sfsymphony.org/yo
 
Proceeds from the sale of this album benefit the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra touring program.
Our price: $14.95
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
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