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Keeping Score - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4

San Francisco Symphony / Thomas
Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  San Francisco Symphony   Catalog #: 5  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As seen on PBS - Broadcast date: June 16, 2004

"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’s
Read 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

Bonus Features:
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
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 

Customer Reviews

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 Great DVD of music and its making April 14, 2012 By 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
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