Notes and Editorial Reviews
A New York Times 25 Best Classical Track Selection for 2019
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony add an evocative recording of Ives's songful Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 to the SFS Media label's Grammy award-winning discography. With nineteenth-century Americana spirit, MTT and the SF Symphony, pianist Peter Dugan, and the SFS Chorus's musical candor and clarity make for a "gloriously gut-punching" (San Francisco Chronicle) live-concert recording-available now on studio master-quality SACD.
The grand, glorious chaos of Ives’s Fourth Symphony has rarely had this clarity. I’ve never heard the clearing of the air near the start of the second movement, marked “Comedy,” sound so eerily gleaming, nor the climaxes feel so sleek. There’s burning patience in the third movement Fugue, and mystery hovering over the Finale.
– New York Times (Zachary Woolfe)