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Podcasts from the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Podcasts from the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.

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By Larry in Contra Costa County - Feb 25 2020
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you sent saint-saens twice, labeling one of them ravel please fix - need ma mer loye !😃

Educational and Enjoyable

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So educational and concise, there’s nothing like it.

iTunes Ratings

113 Ratings
Average Ratings
88
14
3
4
4

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By Larry in Contra Costa County - Feb 25 2020
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you sent saint-saens twice, labeling one of them ravel please fix - need ma mer loye !😃

Educational and Enjoyable

By Cinderalice125 - Oct 21 2019
Read more
So educational and concise, there’s nothing like it.
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San Francisco Symphony Podcasts

Latest release on Mar 10, 2020

All 145 episodes from oldest to newest

Stravinsky’s Firebird

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Serge Diaghilev was turned down by four composers before turning to Igor Stravinsky to write the music for a new production by the Ballet Russe.   Luckily, Stravinsky, eager to try his hand at a ballet, had already been working on the music for a month, and their artistic relationship went on to produce Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.

Mar 10 2020

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Saint Saëns Organ Symphony

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A child prodigy, Saint-Saëns was not only a gifted composer but an accomplished pianist who could perform all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas from memory by the age of ten.  Composed for the Philharmonic Society of London, his Symphony No. 3, Organ, is dedicated to his friend Franz Liszt.

Feb 19 2020

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Beethoven No. 7

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The premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 was perhaps his greatest rock-star moment. Buoyed by the excited troops in whose honor the concert was being performed, Beethoven “tore his arms with a great vehemence asunder ... at the entrance of a forte he jumped in the air” (according to orchestra violinist and composer Louis Spohr). The work’s explosive energy and Beethoven’s expansion of symphonic structures to emphasize certain key areas make Symphony No. 7 an important stepping stone on his path towards Romanticism.

Jan 17 2020

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Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra

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In his Three Pieces for Orchestra, Alban Berg finally "graduated" from his studies with Arnold Schoenberg, and took his first giant step towards fulfilling his musical destiny.

Jan 15 2020

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Ravel La Valse

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In 1906, Maurice Ravel made some sketches for a tribute to Johann Strauss, the Waltz King. By the time he got back to it, World War I had ravaged Europe, and Ravel's tribute had turned into something much darker.

Jan 07 2020

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Handel's Messiah

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However you like your Messiah - big or intimate, modern or period, authentic or interpreted - when you listen you become part of an almost 300-year tradition of what may be classical music's most beloved masterpiece.

Dec 12 2019

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Bruckner Symphony No. 4

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Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 "The Romantic" was a departure from his usual symphonic testaments of faith. It's a journey into the Age of Chivalry, of knights, quests, and - above all - the hunt.

Nov 18 2019

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Strauss: Metamorphosen

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"Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings was his musical response to a life, and a world, gone to pieces."

Nov 09 2019

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Charles Ives Symphony No. 3 & 4

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With 19th-century Americana spirit, MTT and the SF Symphony, pianist Peter Dugan, and the SFS Chorus’s musical candor and clarity add an evocative recording of Ives’s songful Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 to the SFS Media label’s Grammy award-winning discography.

Nov 07 2019

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

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Bach's Orchestral Suite #4 is a dazzling combination of rhythmic complexity and sonic brilliance; all the more amazing in that he wrote it (most likely) just for fun!

Oct 30 2019

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