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Symphonies - Released November 10, 2017 | San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas and “his” San Francisco Symphony are sticking to their policy consisting in leaving a recorded trace of the collaboration between the conductor and his ensemble, which started a mere twenty two years ago! This time, it’s Schumann’s Four Symphonies, recorded live of course between November 2015 and May 2016. It’s worth mentioning that in 2001 the San Francisco Symphony − which was the first American ensemble to play on radio broadcasts − launched SFS Media, the first audio and video label belonging to the orchestra itself, whose objective is to commercialise its own audio recordings as well as its own educational, documentary and concert DVDs. A great cultural initiative entirely financed by private sponsors (who, as opposed to so many sponsors in France, don’t demand dozens of free tickets, quite the opposite, they buy the most expensive ones… different place, different ways…) and concert sales. © SM/Qobuz
Symphonic Music - Released November 10, 2017 | Alpha
Haydn2032, the ambitious project of recording the complete symphonies of Haydn, has been placed from the start under the artistic direction of Giovanni Antonini, with two ensembles, Il Giardino Armonico, which made the first four volumes, and the Kammerochester Basel, to which this fifth volume and the next two are assigned. Another characteristic of the edition is that each time Haydn is set in perspective with another composer; here it is Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-92): ‘Kraus was the first man of genius that I met. Why did he have to die? It is an irreparable loss for our art. The Symphony in C minor he wrote in Vienna specially for me is a work which will be considered a masterpiece in every century’, said Haydn in 1797. Though he long remained forgotten after his death, Kraus made an active contribution to the movement of poetic renewal called ‘Sturm und Drang’ or ‘Geniezeit’ (time of genius) because such artists as the young Goethe broke free of all tradition to follow their hearts alone. When Haydn called Kraus homme de génie, in French, he probably had this context in mind. The two composers had met in Vienna in 1783. © Alpha Classics
Symphonic Music - Released October 27, 2017 | G.O.P.