San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas – Berg – Violin Concerto, Seven Early Songs & Three Pieces for Orchestra (2021) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gil Shaham, Susanna Phillips – Berg – Violin Concerto, Seven Early Songs & Three Pieces for Orchestra (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:07:01 minutes | 2,5 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © SFS Media

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony illuminate the gorgeously evocative world of Alban Berg in the newest release from the Grammy Award-winning SFS Media label. Hear the heartbreaking pathos of Berg’s Violin Concerto brought to life by Gil Shaham; the soaring, multicolored Seven Early Songs performed by acclaimed soprano Susanna Phillips; and the spellbinding Three Pieces for Orchestra, in which the composer solidified his reputation as a master of spacious expression. This is album is available February 26, 2021 as a studio master-quality SACD, as digital download, and via streaming.

These performances by the San Francisco Symphony under its conductor laureate, Michael Tilson Thomas, were recorded at different times, live at San Francisco’s Davies Hall, between 2015 and 2018, but they cohere nicely into an all-Berg program that succeeds in immersing the listener into the world of this composer. Berg’s Violin Concerto is one of the few 12-tone works that consistently hold the stage, and this is not only because it has tonal elements in the form of Bach quotations but also because its structure is clear. This becomes apparent when it is paired with Berg’s early works, on the edge of tonality or freely atonal, which are thorny things; the supposedly difficult 12-tone system here actually comes as a breath of clarity. The performance of the Violin Concerto by Gil Shaham is deliberate and a bit languid, its slow tempos in keeping with the memorial function of the work, but it is in the Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6, that Tilson Thomas really shines, showing his continuing ability to get the orchestra to punch above its weight and tease out the knotted threads of these intense pieces. As an entr’acte, there is soprano Susanna Phillips in Berg’s Seven Early Songs, lush evocations of turn-of-the-last-century Vienna that deepen the overall effect of an album that adds to Tilson Thomas’ record of accomplishment in retirement and would make a fine introduction to Berg.

Tracklist

1. San Francisco Symphony – Violin Concerto: Andante-Allegretto
2. San Francisco Symphony – Violin Concerto: Allegro-Adagio
3. San Francisco Symphony – Seven Early Songs: Nacht
4. San Francisco Symphony – Seven Early Songs: Schilflied
5. San Francisco Symphony – Seven Early Songs: Die Nachtigall
6. San Francisco Symphony – Seven Early Songs: Traumgekrönt
7. San Francisco Symphony – Seven Early Songs: Im Zimmer
8. San Francisco Symphony – Seven Early Songs: Liebesode
9. San Francisco Symphony – Seven Early Songs: Sommertage
10. San Francisco Symphony – Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6: I. Präludium
11. San Francisco Symphony – Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6: II. Reigen
12. San Francisco Symphony – Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6: III. Marsch

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