"Keeping Score" features MTT and the SFS in a two-part exploration of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The first part, subtitled The Making of a Performance, is an engrossing documentary that demystifies how a performance of a great piece of classical music is created. It is a viewer’s “behind-the-scenes” pass to witness firsthand how a performance unfolds and the preparation it takes to play this music. Along the way, MTT explores the symphony’s four movements, providing commentary on the powerful emotions embodied in the music and how it speaks to audiences today. MTT also introduces many of the members of the orchestra. If viewers ever wondered what an orchestra’sRead more librarian does or how much a piccolo player might agonize over a brief solo, Keeping Score provides answers.
The second part, Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in Performance, features a complete concert performance by the SFS and MTT at the orchestra’s home base, Davies Symphony Hall.
“The evening really caught fire. This piece may be overexposed, but the orchestra’s vibrant and exquisitely shaped performance made it seem new again. The magnificent brass fanfare that opened the piece sounded almost arrogant in its forceful cogency. The finale was a fireball of sound, brilliant and unstoppable." San Francisco Chronicle performance review
Narrated Graphic History of Tchaikovsky
Live performance of the complete Tchaikovsky 4th by the San Francisco Symphony and MTT recorded in 5.1 surround sound audio and presented in widescreen format
Subtitles in German, French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1877-1878; Russia Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Great DVD of music and its makingApril 14, 2012By Robert Abbott (Louisville, KY)See All My Reviews"A superb live recording of the 4th plus a very interesting behind the scenes look at its preparation. The very people-oriented approach by conductor MTT and the SFO members in crafting a very robust and smooth interpretation make this a standout DVD. Buy it!"Report Abuse