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San Francisco Symphony At 100

Copland / Mendelssohn / San Francisco Sym / Thomas
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  San Francisco Symphony   Catalog #: 52  
Composer:  Aaron CoplandFelix MendelssohnBenjamin Britten
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available on Blu-ray

In September, the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas launched the Orchestra’s milestone Centennial Season with a celebratory gala concert dubbed “Fanfare for a New Century” at Davies Symphony Hall. The gala concert is presented here on DVD and Blu-ray as the Emmy® Award-Winning San Francisco Symphony at 100.* MTT is joined by legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor.

The concert opens with Aaron Copland’s vivid portrayal of American prairie life, the Billy the Kid Ballet Suite and concludes with Britten’s orchestral showpiece The Young Person’s Guide to the
Read more Orchestra of which the San Francisco Chronicle said: “…as Thomas led his colleagues, section by section and soloist by soloist… the listener could only marvel at the level of individual excellence and communal artistry on display.” Capping off the concert is an encore of Bay Area composer John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine featuring moving images of San Francisco projected throughout Davies Symphony Hall.

The gala concert is hosted by author Amy Tan and is directed by Gary Halovrson.

Woven into the concert, San Francisco Symphony at 100 includes historical documentary segments narrated by Amy Tan highlighting the Orchestra's early beginnings, its rich history of touring, and its innovations in media.

San Francisco Symphony at 100 and the historical documentary segments were made possible by a gift from Nan Tucker McEvoy.

Those interested in San Francisco Symphony at 100 may also be interested in MTT's A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein.

Gala Feature: 88 minutes
Bonus Features: 58 minutes of documentary vignettes chronicling the past 100 Years of the San Francisco Symphony

The Gala Feature is presented in High Definition 16:9 widescreen with 2.0 Stereo Dolby Digital and 5.1 Surround Sound.

The Blu-ray additionally features 96/24 Dolby Stereo and 5.1 Surround Dolby Tru HD. v Bonus Features are Stereo only.
Subtitles are in English, Spanish (North American), and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

Region: 0 (works worldwide)

*The DVD and Blu-ray do not feature the televised performance by Lang Lang.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
3.
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 

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