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Masterpieces in Miniature (Hybrid SACD)
A New York Times Best Recording of 2014!
 
New!
 
"Minutes of pure, shimmering magic" - San Francisco Chronicle
 
This exquisite new recording from the Grammy award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is proof that good things come in small packages. Discover charming, wistful, and even haunting timbres in music by some of the world’s favorite composers, as MTT shares his most personal musical memories with you. With an electrifying performance by virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, Masterpieces in Miniature is a must-have collection of brief but brilliant pieces that will delight casual listeners and aficionados alike.

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West Side Story (2-Disc High Definition CD Set)
Grammy® Nominated for Best Musical Theater Album of the Year!
 
A New York Times Best Recording of 2014  
 
Exclusive Limited Time Offer - Add the San Francisco Symphony's A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein on DVD to your order of West Side Story for only an additional $2.99! (Regular Price: $9.95) 
 
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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Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Symphony No. 2 (Hybrid SACD)
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.
 

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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
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
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
American Mavericks: Cowell, Harrison, Varèse (Hybrid SACD)
SKU: 10500
 
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. 

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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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Adams: Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Hybrid SACD)
2013 Grammy® Award Winner for Best Orchestral Performance!
2013 ECHO Klassik Award Winner for Orchestra of the Year!

SKU: 9924

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.”

Michael Tilson Thomas, who conducted the work during his first season as SFS Music Director in 1995 and multiple times since, said of the work, “When a new piece is premiered, it can make a stunning impression. But the real story of that piece is what emerges over time.  When the SFS first performed Harmonielehre in the mid-80s it was a life changing moment for everybody who heard it. I heard it first on the recording and I was drawn into the piece in so many ways, its enormous power, but also its tenderness and depth of expression. And now, decades later, the piece still stands up.”    

MTT commissioned Short Ride in a Fast Machine from John Adams in 1986 for a Pittsburgh Symphony performance in Massachusetts. Adams shared, “Michael called me back in 1986 when he was opening a new music festival in Massachusetts with the Pittsburgh Symphony and he asked me to do a fanfare. The sort of traditional fanfare with blaring trumpets didn’t really appeal to me, and how do you write a fanfare when Copland has already done it so well? I thought about it and for some reason the connection with Cape Cod came to mind. Years before that I had been there with a former brother-in-law and he had asked me at about 1 in the morning if I would like to take a ride with him in his Lamborghini. I did and once he started up I wished I hadn’t because he drove very, very fast. The idea of a piece that had that combination of excitement and thrill and was just on the edge of anxiety or terror was the motivating force for [Short Ride in a Fast Machine.] The piece starts with the click of the wood block and that wood block never changes, it just keeps driving and it’s sort of like a gauntlet through which a 100-piece orchestra has to pass.”

In September 2011 MTT and the San Francisco Symphony capped their Centennial Season Opening Gala program with an orchestral and multimedia performance of Short Ride in a Fast Machine. This performance is featured on the San Francisco Symphony at 100 DVD.

 

Adams: Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine
 
1. Harmonielehre: Part I
2. Harmonielehre: Part II - The Anfortas Wound
3. Harmonielehre: Part III - Meister Eckhardt and Quackie
4. Short Ride in a Fast Machine

 

Harmonielehre recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, December 8-11, 2010.
Short Ride in a Fast Machine recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, September 7, 2011.

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Youth Orchestra - Live at the Berlin Philharmonie, Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (CD)
SKU: 11060
 
The award winning San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Mahler's Symphony No. 1, recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie.
 
The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is a pre-professional orchestral training program serving talented young instrumentalists ages 12-21 from across the greater Bay Area. Led by Music Director Donato Cabrera, the Youth Orchestra made its ninth international tour in the summer of 2012 with concerts in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. The six-date tour included performances at Regensburg’s Auditorium Maximum, Munich’s Philharmonie am Gasteig, at Wiesbaden’s Rheingau Festival, Luxembourg’s Festival international d’Echternach, in the Berliner Philharmonie, and Europa Hall in Salzburg. Tour repertoire included Bay Area composer John Adams’s Shaker Loops, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, and the here featured Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
 
The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra won a 2011-12 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on foreign tours. 
 
 
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
 
San Francisco Symphony
Donato Cabrera, conductor
 
Symphony No. 1 in D major                                            55:18
I.    Langsam. Schleppend.
          [Slow. Dragging.]                                                      16:32
II.   Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
          [With powerful movement, but not too fast]                   7:54
III.  Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
          [Solemn and measured, without dragging]                   10:25
IV.  Stürmisch bewegt
          [With violent movement]                                            20:27
 
Recorded live in PCM 44.1 kHz/16-bit audio at the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany, July 3, 2012.
 
 
Visit the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra at www.sfsymphony.org/yo
 
Proceeds from the sale of this album benefit the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra touring program.

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