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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 Season Two Collection (3-Disc DVD or Blu-ray)
Available Now! in DVD or Blu-ray
 
10% off in savings on the set of three
 
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.
 
Available in DVD or Blu-ray.
 
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: 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
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: 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
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 6003
  
"Tilson Thomas and the SFS are unflinching in their exploration of the work, with playing that is breathtaking in both its virtuosity and interpretive command... Grade A"

- Fort Worth Star Telegram
 

"The case can be made that the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas is currently the U.S.'s finest symphonic institution."

- The Absolute Sound

Mahler's Fifth Symphony is all about action.

It's his breakthrough work--a "foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound," he called it, a work of "dancing stars." The famed Adagietto was inspired by Mahler's love for his young wife Alma. Hear Mahler 5 recorded live by the SFS and MTT, the partnership that the Los Angeles Times calls "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

Anthony Tommasini declares the recording "incisive and dramatic" in his New York Times review.

Track list:

  1. Trauermarsch
  2. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz
  3. Scherzo
  4. Adagietto, sehr langsam
  5. Rondo-Finale, allegro

Total Length 73:21:02

 

Mahler Symphony No. 5 was officially released on October 10, 2006.


Our price: $22.95
Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony
Give the book the San Francisco Chronicle calls "superb" and the Wall Street Journal calls "engrossing."
  
"Music lovers, life-long fans of the SFS, and American history buffs will find Rothe's remarkable accomplishment irresistible."
-Philip Campbell, The Bay Area Reporter
  
When the San Francisco Symphony presented its first concert just five years after the 1906 earthquake, its founders intended it to revitalize Bay Area cultural life. Little did they know what they’d started. In Music for a City, Music for the World, Larry Rothe tells the story of the people behind the scenes in an orchestra’s century-long journey through hard times and good times. Published to celebrate the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th anniversary, this comprehensive history, filled with hundreds of archival photos and images, gives readers a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the world’s foremost orchestras, and in doing so it illuminates the cultural life of a city.
 
 
 

Our price: $45.00
San Francisco Symphony at 100 (DVD or Blu-ray)

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 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 (w/Free Bonus CD!)
SKU: 12020
 
Limited time offer - Free CD of Keeping Score: Beethoven's Eroica included with purchase!
 
That's over $21 in savings!
 
Price: $110.90 $89.00 (5 CDs + 1 DVD)
 
 
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
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