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The Ultimate Mahler Collection on Vinyl
Available exclusively through the San Francisco Symphony Store, this limited edition 22 LP set is the capstone of the seven-time Grammy® award winning Mahler Recording Project, recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall from 2001-2009.
 
Over 18 hours of music!
 
The sets are numbered, with a limited run of 500. Each of the 22 LPs are 180g vinyl housed in luxuriously designed gatefold jackets. A hard bound book featuring extensive liner notes, bios, and texts in three languages is also included in the set.

Our price: $749.00
West Side Story (2-Disc High Definition CD Set)
New Release!  
 
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.”

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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. 

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.

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American Mavericks CD Collection
SKU: 10502
 
Price: $66.93 $49.95 (4 CDs)
 
That's over $16 in savings!
 
Set includes:
 
 
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. 
 
 
Nominated for 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

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SFS Beethoven Collection
SKU: 12020
 
Price: $110.90 $89.00 (5 CDs + 1 DVD)
 
That's over $21 in savings!
 
Set includes:
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 

Limited time Offer! Free CD included with Beethoven Collection purchase:
 
“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: $89.00
Herbert Blomstedt: The San Francisco Years (15-Disc CD Set)
SKU: 12901
 
New!
  
1993 Grammy® Award winner for Best Choral Performance - Orff: Carmina Burana
1996 Grammy® Award winner for Best Choral Performance - Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
 
Honesty and clarity have always been watchwords for Herbert Blomstedt, who with the San Francisco Symphony made award-winning and wide-ranging recordings. This collection celebrates the conductor's interpretative wisdom and the orchestra's collective virtuosity in orchestral classics from Beethoven to Bartók.
 
In his decade as Musical Director of the San Francisco Symphony (1985-1995), Blomstedt led the Symphony in a series of unforgettable recordings. The full breadth of his tenure is encompassed in this beautifully packaged CD collection. Each of the 15 recordings come with their own sleeve and the original album release artwork. The set also includes a 40 page booklet with the complete track listings and recording details for each album, as well as an essay on Blomstedt's San Francisco Symphony legacy. It is a must-have for any music lover!
 
The Recordings:
 
All by Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony
 
CD 1: Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, Kossuth (Original Release - 1995)
Duration: 59:06
Recorded live September 30 and October 5, 1993 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 2: Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 3 (Original Release - 1991)
Duration: 77:54
Recorded live May 21 & 25, 1990 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 3: Berwald: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 4 (Original Release - 1993)
Duration: 63:15
Recorded live May 25, 1991 and February 24, 1992 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. 
 
CD 4: Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (Original Release - 1994)
Duration: 70:47
Recorded live September 26 - 28, 1993 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 5: Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Nänie, Schicksalslied (Original Release - 1990)
Duration: 62:52
Recorded live May 30 - June 3, 1989 and September 27, 1989 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 6: Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Original Release - 1989)
Duration: 67:30
Recorded live May 31 - June 1, 1988 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 7: Grieg: Peer Gynt (Original Release - 1989)
Duration: 80:18
Recorded live June 1988 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 8: Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler, Symphonic Metamorphosis, Trauermusik (Original Release - 1988, 1993)
Duration: 72:58
Recorded live November 7 - 28, 1987 and May 30 - 31, 1991 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 9: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Original Release - 1994)
Duration: 80:18
Recorded live September 21 - 23, 1992 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 10: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 4 (Original Release - 1992)
Duration: 66:59
Recorded live December 4 - 5, 1989 and May 27, 1991 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 11: Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 3 (Original Release - 1990)
Duration: 67:35
Recorded live September 25 and December 1989 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 12: Orff: Carmina Burana (Original Release - 1992)
Duration: 58:10
Recorded live September 14 - 15, 1990 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 13: Schubert: Symphony No. 9, Overture in C (Original Release - 1993)
Duration: 67:18
Recorded live September 23 - 24, 1991 and February 25, 1992 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 14: Sibelius: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 7 (Original Release - 1990)
Duration: 81:30
Recorded live May 27, 1991, May 28, 1993 and May 23, 1994 at Davies Symphony Hall — a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco.
 
CD 15: Strauss: Eine Aplensinfonie, Don Juan (Original release - 1990)
Duration: 70:12
Recorded live May 31 - June 1, 1989 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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San Francisco Symphony Blu-ray Collection (7-Disc Blu-ray Set)
SKU: 12342
 
Own all of the SFS Media Blu-rays, including Keeping Score and SFS at 100.
 
10% off set of seven discs: $234.00 $210.00

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.


 


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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.

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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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