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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Release Recording of the Complete Schumann Symphonies on SFS Media November 10

October 20, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / OCTOBER 20, 2017

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE PREMIUM EDITION 2-DISC RECORDING OF THE COMPLETE SYMPHONIES BY ROBERT SCHUMANN ON SFS MEDIA NOVEMBER 10, 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO – Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announce the release of Schumann Symphonies No. 1–4 on SFS Media on November 10. Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall during the 2015–16 season, the album offers a nuanced approach that accentuates the lyrical and tender elements of the composer’s orchestral masterpieces. Released in deluxe 2-disc hardbound SACD set, it includes an 88-page booklet with extended notes, photos, and an essay on performing Schumann by Michael Tilson Thomas. It is also available digitally for streaming and download in stereo, 5.1 surround, iTunes quality, and 24-bit/192kHz Studio Master. SFS Media is the San Francisco Symphony’s eight-time Grammy Award-winning in-house record label with over 15 years of innovations in recorded media.

Click here for a video featuring MTT sharing his thoughts on this recording project.

Tilson Thomas states: “Like so much classical music, Schumann’s is a preserve for endangered emotions. He’s talking about wistfulness, whimsy, ardency, longing, setting off recklessly in conflicting directions, losing your way, or just mulling things over… Schumann moves between many sound worlds in these symphonies. Some sections are truly massive and proclamatory. Other parts are soloistic or chamber-like.”

He further shared: “My approach to Schumann—and to the whole standard repertoire—is to vary the number of musicians playing at any given time. According to the musical situation, the orchestra might morph from a large ensemble to a chamber orchestra, and vice versa ... We approached these symphonies from the point of view of Schumann’s piano music, with all its color, unusual effects and voicings. And I wanted these symphonies to sound as though they were being played on the piano, with free and spontaneous turns of phrase and color, and with the music’s wonderful sense of breathing—the way people breathe, sometimes deeply, sometimes with little emotional gasps…I hope these performances suggest a different way of thinking about this repertoire, especially as it prioritizes the tender, simple, and vulnerable side of the music. Although the music is very personal, it feels universal. Schumann’s symphonies are about all of us.”

For more information, videos, audio samples and extended notes from MTT, go to www.sfsymphony.org/schumann

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