San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas – Masterpieces in Miniature (2015)

Artist: San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas
Title Of Album: Masterpieces in Miniature
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: SFS Media
Genre: Classical
Quality: 320 KBPS
Total Time: 77:57 min
Total Size: 182 MB

1. Henry Litolff Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 7:36
Yuja Wang, piano
2. Gustav Mahler Blumine 8:28
3. Gabriel Fauré Pavane 6:26
4. Claude Debussy La Plus que lente 6:26
5. Franz Schubert Entr’acte No. 3 from Rosamunde 6:53
6. Charles Ives/Henry Brant The Alcotts from A Concord Symphony 6:11
7. Sergei Rachmaninoff Vocalise, Opus 34, no. 14 5:29
8. Antonín Dvořák Legend for Orchestra, Opus 59, no. 6 5:48
9. Jean Sibelius Valse triste 5:29
10. Frederick Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring 7:31
11. Edvard Grieg The Last Spring, Opus 34, no. 2 5:44
12. Léo Delibes Cortège de Bacchus from Sylvia 6:07

On ‘Masterpieces in Miniature’, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony offer an exquisite recording of miniature masterpieces, brief but brilliant pieces by some of the world’s favourite composers, including Litolff’s Scherzo electrifyingly performed by pianist Yuja Wang.
This exquisite recording from the Grammy award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is proof that great things come in small packages. Featuring a thrilling performance of the Scherzo from Litolff’s Concerto symphonique No. 4 by virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, alongside pieces by Debussy, Dvorák, Fauré, Grieg, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and others, ‘Masterpieces in Miniature’ is a must-have collection of short pieces by some of the world’s favourite composers that will delight casual listeners and aficionados alike. «These pieces were haunting, unforgettable», explains MTT. «They seemed to explore the realms of vanished emotions, like wistfulness. They seemed like elusive and charming recollections of long ago.»

Personnel: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Yuja Wang (piano)

Critical acclaim for Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony:

«Smoking hot.» – Gramophone (on West Side Story)

«A heartfelt and graceful performance.» – The Times (on Beethoven Emperor Joseph Cantata, Symphony No. 2)

«The authority of the playing was staggering.» – The New Yorker (on American Mavericks)

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