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

Our price: $34.99
Keeping Score: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (DVD or Blu-ray)
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In 1913, with Europe on the brink of war, a fashionable Parisian audience reacted with hostile frenzy to the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's new work, The Rite of Spring. The ballet's shocking music and dance provoked a riot that evening and soon afterwards was recognized as perhaps the most revolutionary piece of the 20th century. It still has that reputation today.

In this DVD, Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony take you from the salons of St. Petersburg to the villages where Stravinsky found inspiration in the earthly power of Russian folk music and dance. MTT then retraces Stravinsky's journey to the cultural crossroads of pre-war Paris. There, in collaboration with the great impresario Diaghilev and his star dancer Nijinsky, Stravinsky developed the shocking, erotic, and violent evocation of pagan Russia that became The Rite of Spring.

Nearly a century after this wild rainforest of sound was performed, The Rite of Spring remains as exhilarating and liberating as music can be. MTT and the San Francisco Symphony show you why.

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Bonus Features:

  • Live Performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and music from The Firebird by the San Francisco Symphony and MTT shot in high definition, presented in 16:9 widescreen and 5.1 surround sound.
  • Documentary includes optional closed-caption English subtitles
  • Subtitles in German, French, Spanish and Chinese

Our price: $24.99
San Francisco Symphony at 100 (DVD or Blu-ray)
New Blu-ray Sale Price: $45.00 $34.99 
 
2012 Emmy® Award Winner for Best Historical/Cultural Program or Special!
 
In September of 2011, the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas launched the Orchestra’s milestone Centennial Season with a celebratory gala concert dubbed “Fanfare for a New Century” at Davies Symphony Hall. The gala concert is presented here on DVD and Blu-ray as the Emmy® Award-Winning San Francisco Symphony at 100.* 
 
MTT is joined by legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor.
 
The concert opens with Aaron Copland’s vivid portrayal of American prairie life, the Billy the Kid Ballet Suite and concludes with Britten’s orchestral showpiece The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra of which the San Francisco Chronicle said: “…as Thomas led his colleagues, section by section and soloist by soloist… the listener could only marvel at the level of individual excellence and communal artistry on display.” Capping off the concert is an encore of Bay Area composer John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine featuring moving images of San Francisco projected throughout Davies Symphony Hall.
 
The gala concert is hosted by author Amy Tan and is directed by Gary Halvorson.
 
Woven into the concert, San Francisco Symphony at 100 includes historical documentary segments narrated by Amy Tan highlighting the Orchestra's early beginnings, its rich history of touring, and its innovations in media.
 
Gala Feature: 88 minutes
Bonus Features: 58 minutes of documentary vignettes chronicling the past 100 Years of the San Francisco Symphony
 

The Gala Feature is presented in High Definition 16:9 widescreen and 2.0 Stereo Dolby Digital, 96/24 Dolby Stereo, 5.1 Surround Dolby Tru HD

Bonus Features are Stereo only.

Subtitles are in English, Spanish (North American), and Chinese (traditional and simplified).
 
Region: 0 (works worldwide)
 
 
*The DVD and Blu-ray do not feature the televised performance by Lang Lang.

Our price: $24.99
San Francisco Symphony Blu-ray Collection (7-Disc Blu-ray Set)
SKU: 12342
 
New Blu-ray Sale Price - 25% off set of seven discs: $234.00 $175.00 - That's $59 in savings!
 
Own all of the SFS Media Blu-rays, including Keeping Score and SFS at 100.
 
Set includes:
 
In September 2011, the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas launched the Orchestra’s milestone Centennial Season with a celebratory gala concert dubbed “Fanfare for a New Century” at Davies Symphony Hall. The gala concert is presented here on Blu-ray as the Emmy® Award-Winning San Francisco Symphony at 100.
 
MTT is joined by legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor.
 
The concert opens with Aaron Copland’s vivid portrayal of American prairie life, the Billy the Kid Ballet Suite and concludes with Britten’s orchestral showpiece The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra of which the San Francisco Chronicle said: “…as Thomas led his colleagues, section by section and soloist by soloist… the listener could only marvel at the level of individual excellence and communal artistry on display.” Capping off the concert is an encore of Bay Area composer John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine featuring moving images of San Francisco projected throughout Davies Symphony Hall.
 

Keeping Score: Mahler (2-Disc Blu-ray Set) 
 
In Gustav Mahler: Origins and Legacy, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler’s childhood, and bears witness to his grand achievements, great sorrows, and daring musical explorations into the depths of the human soul. Join MTT and the San Francisco Symphony as they trace Mahler’s rise as a young conductor, his career-crowning appointments in Vienna and New York, his turbulent marriage and the sudden, tragic death of his daughter—and show how his stormy inner life inspired new and ever-more heartbreaking heights of creativity.
 
 
 
"I feel, therefore I am." For Hector Berlioz, and for the Romantic Movement, those were more than words; they were a song of the heart. But with the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in his Symphonie fantastique Berlioz almost overpowered Paris. This orchestral sonic spectacular, written to win the heart of a beautiful actress, demanded sacrifice from its author and his audience. Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they follow Berlioz to the brink and beyond in this program.
 
 

Ranging from tender sentiment to savage chaos, the music of early 20th-century composer Charles Ives explores an essentially American riddle: how can we survive the relentless assault of our own success? It was an enigma Ives embodied himself. He believed that we should all be brave enough to go it alone – yet he earned his living in insurance! In this Keeping Score program, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony unwrap the layers of Ives’s Holidays Symphony to reveal a surprising musical portrait of New England.
 

Keeping Score: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich may have secreted a subversive cipher beneath the surface of his life-saving Symphony No. 5.. This is all the more shocking since another bad review from Stalin’s totalitarian forces could have meant a sentence to the Gulag or worse. This Keeping Score program investigates the arresting symphony that would either redeem Shostakovich or doom him. Did he dare hide a kernel of musical criticism in what appears to be a paean to the Motherland? Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they explore the hidden language of this masterwork.

 
Keeping Score: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

In 1913, with Europe on the brink of war, a fashionable Parisian audience reacted with hostile frenzy to the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's new work, The Rite of Spring. In this DVD, Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony take you from the salons of St. Petersburg to the villages where Stravinsky found inspiration in the earthly power of Russian folk music and dance. Nearly a century after this wild rainforest of sound was performed, The Rite of Spring remains as exhilarating and liberating as music can be. MTT and the San Francisco Symphony show you why.


 


Our price: $175.00
Keeping Score Complete DVD Set (9-Disc DVD Set)
Own all episodes of Keeping Score, the complete collection of Seasons One, Two, and Three on DVD.

10% off set of nine: $209.92 $189.00 for DVD
 

Set includes all Keeping Score episodes; Mahler's Origins and Legacy, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Ives’s Holidays Symphony, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Beethoven's Eroica, Copland and the American Sound,  and Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony.

Our price: $189.00
Keeping Score: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (DVD or Blu-ray)
New Blu-ray Sale Price: $34.99 $29.99 
 
On DVD or Blu-ray
 
With the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in his Symphonie fantastique Berlioz almost overpowered Paris. This orchestral sonic spectacular, written to win the heart of a beautiful actress, demanded sacrifice from its author and his audience. From romantic daydreams to deadly displays of devotion, the symphony relates an “episode in the life of an artist,” that artist being the love-obsessed composer himself. This symphony encapsulates the inner drama – and trauma – that made Berlioz one of the masters.

Our price: $24.99
Keeping Score: Ives Holidays Symphony (DVD or Blu-ray)

New Blu-ray Sale Price: $34.99 $29.99 

On DVD or Blu-ray

Ranging from tender sentiment to savage chaos, the music of early 20th-century composer Charles Ives explores an essentially American riddle: how can we survive the relentless assault of our own success? It was an enigma Ives embodied himself. He believed that we should all be brave enough to go it alone – yet he earned his living in insurance!

 
In this Keeping Score program, available on DVD or Blu-ray, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony unwrap the layers of Ives’s Holidays Symphony to reveal a surprising musical portrait of New England. The symphony’s four movements journey across the terrain of the seasons. From the intimacy of the winter hearth to the explosive concussion of the 4th of July, discover the insights Ives liberates in his music’s confrontational crunch.

Our price: $24.99
Keeping Score: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 (DVD or Blu-ray)

New Blu-ray Sale Price: $34.99 $29.99

Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and Yuja Wang performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 on March 23, 2015 at Davies Symphony Hall.

On DVD or Blu-ray

Shostakovich may have secreted a subversive cipher beneath the surface of his life-saving Symphony No. 5. This is all the more shocking since another bad review from Stalin’s totalitarian forces could have meant a sentence to the Gulag or worse. This Keeping Score program, available on DVD or Blu-ray investigates the arresting symphony that would either redeem Shostakovich or doom him. Did he dare hide a kernel of musical criticism in what appears to be a paean to the Motherland? Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they explore the hidden language of this masterwork. What Shostakovich has to say might depend on what you’re brave enough to hear.


Our price: $24.99
Keeping Score Season Two Collection (3-Disc DVD or Blu-ray)
New Blu-ray Sale Price - 25% off$104.97 $79.99
 
Available in DVD or Blu-ray
 
Big savings on the set of three: $74.97 $67.00 for DVD
 
Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they follow Berlioz, Ives, and Shostakovich to the brink and beyond in Season Two of Keeping Score.
 
Set includes:
 
Keeping Score: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique
 
From romantic daydreams to deadly displays of devotion, the symphony relates an “episode in the life of an artist,” that artist being the love-obsessed composer himself. This symphony encapsulates the inner drama – and trauma – that made Berlioz one of the masters.
 
 
Keeping Score: Ives’s Holidays Symphony
 
Ranging from tender sentiment to savage chaos, the music of early 20th-century composer Charles Ives explores an essentially American riddle: how can we survive the relentless assault of our own success?
 
 
Keeping Score: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5
 
Shostakovich may have secreted a subversive cipher beneath the surface of his life-saving Symphony No. 5.. This is all the more shocking since another bad review from Stalin’s totalitarian forces could have meant a sentence to the Gulag or worse.
 
 
Bonus Features
 
Full-length concert performances by the San Francisco Symphony in high-definition 16:9 widescreen and 5.1 surround sound.

Our price: $67.00
Keeping Score Season One DVD Collection
Buy the first four nationally acclaimed Keeping Score DVDs!
 
That's over $10 in savings!
 
Price: $99.96 $89.00 (4 DVDs)

The music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Copland is brought to life by MTT in Season One of Keeping Score.

Our price: $89.00
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