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Keeping Score: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (DVD or Blu-ray)
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: Copland and the American Sound (DVD)
Christian Zacharias will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in a performance of Copland's Appalachian Spring on October 22-24 at Davies Symphony Hall.
 
SKU: 6220
 
Aaron Copland's music reflects the transformation of the American experience that took place during his lifetime. Born in 1900 in Brooklyn, he witnessed the wild confidence of the Jazz Age, the fears of the Great Depression, and the rallying of the nation as it entered World War II. His ideal was to write music that would express how it felt to live those experiences.

Copland wrote classical music in his own special way. He transformed it to capture the energy of American's bustling cities and the vast quiet of its empty plains. He created a musical style that evoked the diversity of the American people. The sounds of Jewish music, African-American jazz, folk songs, cowboy ballads, and Latin American dances all played their parts in his compositions, which he hoped would bring people together in times of crises.

Today, Copland's music seems comforting and celebratory. Sixty years ago it was a wake-up call that gave Americans a critical sense of their own identity.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony explore the music of Copland and the cityscapes, landscapes, and social and political developments that shaped it.

For more information please visit keepingscore.org.

Bonus Features:
Full performance of Appalachian Spring (Original Version for 13 instruments)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Subtitles in German, French, Spanish and Chinese

     


    Our price: $24.99
    Keeping Score: Mahler (2-Disc DVD or Blu-ray)
     Now 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
    San Francisco Symphony at 100 (DVD or Blu-ray)
    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 Hand Thrown Mug (Red or Blue)
    New!
     
    These San Francisco Symphony hand thrown mugs are a thing of beauty. They're perfect for your morning coffee or tea. Kiln fired up to 2100ºF, each custom handmade footed mug is durable and safe for the microwave, dishwasher, oven, and freezer. While each piece of custom stoneware is uniform in size and shape, every one is created by hand, making it unique.
     
    The San Francisco Symphony logo appears in relief on each mug and they all are stamped on the bottom with the year of creation.
     
    12 oz
     
    Colors: Red or Blue
     
    Made in USA
     
    All handmade custom stoneware mugs are lead free and food safe.

    Our price: $22.95
    San Francisco Symphony Retractable Ballpoint Pen
    These classy and colorful black ink pens feature the San Francisco Symphony logo. Choose from a variety of five strong colors.
     
    Colors: Burgundy Red, Orange, Lime Green, Black, Blue

    Our price: $6.95
    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
    SFS Davies Symphony Hall Magnet
    SKU: 13115
     
    New!
     
    It's Symphony Hall on your refrigerator! This square magnet displays Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall lit up for the evening's festivities on a beautiful San Francisco night. The magnet measures 2.5" on each side and some clear hard quarter inch thick plastic gives the magnet the weight needed to support. Perfect for any concert-goer.

    Our price: $7.95
    SFS Pink and Black Music Note Women's Pajama Pants
    New!
     
    Get a sound night's sleep in these cute and comfy Pink and Black Music Note Pajama Pants! 100% cotton pants with drawstring and elastic waist. Makes a great pair of pajamas when teamed with our SFS "Treble Maker" Fitted Tee. These pants also bear the San Francisco Symphony logo.

    Our price: $34.95
    SFS Violinist Magnet
    SKU: 13116
     
    New!
     
    This San Francisco Symphony magnet captures the majesty of performing at Davies Symphony Hall. Featuring first violinist Sarn Oliver, the magnet measures 2.5" on each side and some clear hard quarter inch thick plastic gives the magnet the weight needed to support. Perfect for a budding violinist or any music fan.

    Our price: $7.95
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