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Rank #126 in Music category

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Music
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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 lledsmar - Apr 10 2016
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Great narrator (Rick Malone) and program notes on classical music.

Thanks

By Fat guy ;) - Nov 29 2015
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That what I was looking for

iTunes Ratings

80 Ratings
Average Ratings
62
11
1
3
3

SFS

By lledsmar - Apr 10 2016
Read more
Great narrator (Rick Malone) and program notes on classical music.

Thanks

By Fat guy ;) - Nov 29 2015
Read more
That what I was looking for
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San Francisco Symphony Podcasts

Updated 14 days ago

Rank #126 in Music category

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

Rank #1: Mozart Symphony No. 31

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When Mozart went to Paris, he may not have found the job he was looking for, but he still found success, with his stylish Symphony No. 31.
Jul 03 2019
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Rank #2: Dvorak's New World Symphony

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In June 1891, Antonín Dvořák was invited to direct the newly-formed National Conservatory in New York City. Leaving four of their six children behind in Bohemia, Dvořák and his wife made their new home on East 17th Street in cacophonous Manhattan, just a few blocks from the new school. Through his diverse student body and the advent of the polyrhythmic ragtime, Dvořák first encountered African American and Native American music. He was particularly taken with those cultures’ spirituals. He borrowed musical elements from diverse popular sources for many of his compositions, including his Symphony No. 9, From the New World.
Apr 29 2016
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Rank #3: Mahler Symphony No. 9

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Mahler’s last complete work, the Symphony No. 9, was composed following a whirlwind period of great loss and supreme achievement, including the composition of his “symphony without a number,” Das Lied von der Erde.  Symphony No. 9 reaches the greatest apex of Mahler’s compositional catalogue, exhibiting his characteristic subtle transition, expansion, and continuous variation at their fullest.
Jul 03 2019
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Rank #4: Brahms' Symphony No. 1

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Beethoven’s first symphony premiered when he was 30. Schubert wrote his first at 16, and Mozart’s was composed when he was only 8. But Johannes Brahms, at 43, had yet to finish his Symphony No. 1, which he’d begun writing more than twenty years previously. A notorious perfectionist, he burned many of his early works and sketches; it was not easy living in the shadow of the giants before him. His many years of preparation were worth it—upon the work’s premiere in 1876, the Vienna press called it “Beethoven’s Tenth.”
Feb 14 2018
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Rank #5: Vivaldi's "Four Seasons"

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Barking dogs, wind and rain, buzzing bees and slippery ice; they're all part of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, a work that—believe it or not—was almost unknown for 200 years.
May 16 2017
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Rank #6: Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

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The premiere of Symphony No. 7 was perhaps Beethoven’s greatest rock-star moment. Buoyed by the excited troops in whose honor the concert was being performed, he “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).
Mar 07 2017
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Rank #7: Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1

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Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1
Franz Liszt may have been one of the nineteenth century’s most exasperating underachievers, to say nothing of committing the unforgivable sin of success on a staggering scale, but he was a genius. This concerto can remind us. Begun in 1835 at the ripe old age of 24, Liszt did not complete his first piano concerto until nearly twenty years later.  A final draft appeared in 1849, which was revised before the 1855 premiere (conducted by Hector Berlioz), and then revised yet again before its publication in 1856.  Béla Bartók called the concerto “the first perfect realization of cyclic sonata form, with common themes being treated on the variation principle.”
Feb 13 2019
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Rank #8: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

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Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Symphony No. 2 while living in Dresden. At age 33, he was a sought-after conductor and pianist, and had relocated to escape the clamor for his talents. After completing the work, he declared he would never write another symphony, and waited almost thirty years to do so.
Mar 21 2017
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Rank #9: Beethoven's Fidelio

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Beethoven's opera Fidelio is a story about the triumph of truth and justice. But it's also a story about the triumph of love.
Jun 23 2015
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Rank #10: Copland's Appalachian Spring

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For many, the sound of Copland's Appalachian Spring IS the sound of American classical music.
Dec 17 2014
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Rank #11: Beethoven's - Symphony No. 9

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
Often called the greatest piece of music ever written, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was the last he would ever write.  The first symphony to feature a chorus and vocal soloists, Symphony No. 9 also includes the famous “Ode to Joy.” 

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May 15 2019
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Rank #12: Handel’s "Water Music Suite" No. 1

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Handel's graceful Water Music is the perfect accompaniment to a night in the concert hall, or a night out on the river with the King!
Feb 26 2015
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Rank #13: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5

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By the summer of 1809, Napoleon’s French forces, at war with Austria for the fourth time in eighteen years, reached the suburbs of Vienna. “Nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort!” wrote Beethoven to his publisher in Leipzig. But by year’s end, he had completed his Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, a magnificent affirmation made in terrible times.
Jan 25 2018
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Rank #14: Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"

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On his conceptualization of Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin recalled: “It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattlety-bang that is often so stimulating to a composer . . . and there I suddenly heard—and even saw on paper—the complete construction of the rhapsody . . . I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America—of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our metropolitan madness.”
Feb 24 2018
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Rank #15: Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis

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Carl Maria von Weber was no ugly duckling as a composer, but Paul Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis" turns four of Weber's themes into symphonic swans.
Apr 29 2016
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Rank #16: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

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Perpetually self-conscious, Tchaikovsky worried in spring 1888 that his imagination had dried up, and that he had nothing left to express through music. Vacationing at his home in Frolovskoe provided all the inspiration he needed, and by August, his Symphony No. 5 was complete.
May 10 2017
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Rank #17: Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

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Listen to a podcast of audio program notes about the The Rite of Spring, specially prepared for the San Francisco Symphony’s Stravinsky Festival in June 2013.
Jun 06 2017
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Rank #18: Elgar's "Enigma" Variations

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Improvised at the piano after a strenuous day of teaching, Enigma Variations established Elgar as the pre-eminent British composer of his time. Shrouded in mystery is the “enigma” intended by Elgar, a secret he took with him to the grave. Variation IX, “Nimrod (Adagio),” has become a cherished piece in the popular classical lexicon.
Apr 18 2018
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Rank #19: Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

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The Eroica opened the floodgates for the symphonic outpouring of the nineteenth century—for Beethoven himself, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, and the rest. The Eroica was the longest symphony ever written when it was unveiled, and listeners and critics commented widely on that fact, to the composer’s frustration. By 1807 nearly all reactions to the piece were favorable, or at least respectful, and critics were starting to make sense of its more radical elements.
Jan 25 2018
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Rank #20: Hermann’s score to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

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Bernard Herrmann's score to Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Vertigo swirls and spins like the main character's condition, while it pulls you into the heart of his obsession.
Apr 29 2016
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