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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.
 

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“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
Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Symphony No. 2 (Hybrid SACD)
New Release!
 
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.
 

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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Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica (DVD)
SKU: 6219
  
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.
 
Beethoven spent three years writing the Eroica, which was an intimate and unflinching journal of his personal crises. The piece marked his emergence as an original master. In this DVD Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony invite you to discover the music of the Eroica and the circumstances surrounding its creation.
 
Retracing Beethoven's steps through Vienna's aristocratic ballrooms and Austria's rustic villages, MTT explores how Beethoven channeled hs 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.
 
Bonus Features
  • Live performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Eroica 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
Beethoven's Fifth Music Note Earrings
SKU: 12817
 
These beautiful and classy earrings are inspired by and depict the first notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1804 –1808.  It comprises four movements: an opening sonata, an andante, and a fast scherzo which leads attacca to the finale. 
 
The box the earrings come in also makes the perfect presentation for gift giving!
 
Finish: Solid brass, electro-plated with non-tarnishing silver finish, ear wires are hypo-allergenic
 
Dimensions: Hangs approx. 2"
 
Made in USA

Our price: $28.95
My First Beethoven Album

SKU: 10410

Beethoven was a musical giant. He wasn’t taller or fatter than everyone else, but his music is big and his name is important. Beethoven is like the Olympic champion of classical music. Some of the music he wrote is strong and serious, and some of it is very gentle. Listen here to orchestras, pianos, violins, and other instruments playing some of the most famous pieces of all!

The "My First" album series is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Total: 78:36


Our price: $14.95
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. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 (Hybrid SACD)
Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 on June 17 & 19, 2015 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 on June 18 & 27, 2015 Davies Symphony Hall. Both will be performed during the Beethoven Marathon on June 20, 2015.
 
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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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 - Complete Symphonies (5 CD Set)
SKU: 5572
 
Herbert Blomstedt's Beethoven cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the great ones, as much for the magnificent playing of this finest of all German orchestras as for Blomstedt's effortlessly musical interpretations. Blomstedt's emotionally balanced conception is so well realized that I'm inclined to give him credit for bringing off an unconventional interpretation, particularly as the remainder of the symphony lacks for nothing in excitement or sheer power.

Highlights of this cycle are many: a grand and glorious Eroica, a lithe and lyrical Second and Fourth, a pellucid Sixth with luminous wind playing, an exciting Ninth sporting fantastically buoyant strings in the Scherzo and a marvelously well sung finale, and a transcendentally great performance of the Seventh, with rip-roaring horns and perfect pacing throughout. The recordings, made in Dresden's Lucaskirche in the late 1970s and early '80s, put a silvery sheen around the players (winds especially) and strike an excellent balance between clarity and warmth. At the Brilliant Classics price, you can't afford not to own this set. [6/23/2002]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Our price: $32.95
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