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Michael Tilson Thomas

September 29, 2010

Symphony of a Thousand, Part II

Yesterday, we brought you Part I of Mahler's 8th Symphony, known as the Symphony of a Thousand. Today is the conclusion. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the massed forces of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Tilson Thomas calls the work an "allegory of the distressed soul finding its way through trials to...blessedness."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Simon Jeffes
    Perpetuum Mobile
    Penguin Cafe, Arthur Jeffes, director
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    La Fida Ninfa (Dimmi Pastore)
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto, Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor, the Matheus Ensemble, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, director
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Thomas Arne
    Two movements from Symphony No. 4 in C Minor
    Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Sarah Quick from Coral Springs, Florida
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Gigue from Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
    Alisa Weilerstein, cello
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Second movement from Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 107
    Alisa Weilerstein, cello, the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94
    Steven Isserlis, cello, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Paul Daniel, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    "Danse Russe" from "Swan Lake," Op. 20
    Violinist Joshua Bell with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Nicola Matteis
    "Diversi Bizzarie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona"
    Violinist Ingrid Matthews, lutenist John Lenti, and bassist Chuck Deardorf
    Benaroya Hall, Seattle
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Divertimento in B-Flat, K. 137
    The Montreal Chamber Music Festival Orchestra
    Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Montreal, Canada
  • Gustav Mahler
    Part II from Symphony No. 8
    The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
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