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Symphonic Music - Released October 30, 2012 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Symphonic Music - Released April 10, 2012 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Productions - La Clef du mois RESMUSICA
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Symphonies - Released February 13, 2006 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Hi-Res Audio
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Symphonic Music - Released June 9, 2003 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Award - Hi-Res Audio
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Symphonies - Released October 21, 2002 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released March 1, 2011 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Symphonic Music - Released June 10, 2014 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Qobuzissime
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Symphonies - Released November 16, 2006 | San Francisco Symphony

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There are plenty of fine recordings of Gustav Mahler's popular Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor, but each decade seems to produce its own landmark renditions: Bernstein's in the 1960s, Solti's in the '70s, Sinopoli's in the '80s, and Abbado's in the '90s. For the first decade of the twenty first century, Michael Tilson Thomas' riveting 2005 version with the San Francisco Symphony may eventually be regarded as the classic performance, simply for its unsurpassed emotional commitment and luminous intensity. The technical mastery of both conductor and orchestra is beyond reproach, and the sound quality of this direct-stream digital SACD is almost beyond belief, so this recording meets all the basic requirements of the toughest Mahler fan. But what makes this performance truly great is the energy that is readily apparent in the live concert setting; the San Francisco Symphony under Tilson Thomas' leadership is as blazing in sonority and brilliant in execution as any of the world's best orchestras, and they play with just as much expressive fire and force. The Trauermarsch is explosive in its grief, and even though this gripping movement might be emotionally draining for a lesser ensemble, the orchestra moves straightway to the extreme violence of the second movement, then dances vigorously through the Scherzo, swoons with amorous languor in the Adagietto, and bursts with sunny radiance in the fugal Rondo-Finale, all without the slightest trace of fatigue. This is a finely detailed performance, with remarkable definition of the counterpoint and internal rhythmic figures; Tilson Thomas is scrupulous in observing the letter and spirit of Mahler's score, bringing out unique touches in the orchestration and graduating tempos with appropriate amounts of rubato. But above all is the players' concentrated involvement in the music, which is the deciding factor in placing this exceptional disc at the forefront of Mahler recordings of its time. Highly recommended.
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Symphonic Music - Released May 16, 2005 | San Francisco Symphony

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Imagine Mahler's Ninth without tears. The symphony Mahler composed after the death of his daughter and the diagnosis that would soon kill him, the symphony that more than any other sings of bottomless grief and endless sorrow, the symphony that more than any other sings the swan song of German music and European culture, the symphony that more than any other confirms Mahler's status as one of the great tragic artists of Western civilization without tears. It can't be done, you say? Sure it can. And, what's more, Mahler's Ninth is better without tears. In this 2004 recording by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony, Mahler's Ninth is performed with restraint and dignity, but without tears. Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco still sing of grief and sorrow, but without tears. They still hymn the ineffable beauty of life in this world and the eternal luminosity of life in the world to come. They still rise to climaxes of overwhelming strength and sink into codas of unbearable poignancy. And they still accomplish the greatest miracle of all by holding back the dying of the light with the limitless humanity of their performance. But they do it without tears. And it's all the more moving for that. The recording is utterly transparent, allowing the clear light of infinity to shine through.
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released September 21, 2010 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Symphonies - Released June 3, 2002 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - Hi-Res Audio
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Symphonic Music - Released October 26, 2016 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Full Operas - Released June 10, 2014 | San Francisco Symphony

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Qobuzissime
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Symphonic Music - Released April 8, 2013 | San Francisco Symphony

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Symphonic Music - Released October 27, 2009 | San Francisco Symphony

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