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Michael Tilson Thomas

February 6, 2012

The San Francisco Symphony

Last fall, the San Francisco Symphony was preparing for a concert in honor of its 100th birthday. Music director Michael Tilson Thomas searched for just the right piece to show off the talents of the orchestra. What better work, thought Tilson Thomas, than Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," which showcases each instrument of the orchestra. We'll hear it, from that gala concert last September.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Carl Nielsen
    Second movement from Symphony No. 2
    The San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
  • Francesco Manelli
    Acceso mio Core
    El Mundo, Richard Savino, director
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    Symphonia para Empezar
    El Mundo, Richard Savino, director
  • Michael Tilson Thomas
    Second movement from Street Song
    The Bay Brass, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
  • Benjamin Britten
    The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Henry Purcell
    Abdelazer Suite (The Moor's Revenge), Z. 570
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

hour 2

  • Eugene Ysaye
    Second movement from Solo Violin Sonata No. 5 in G, Op. 27
    Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
  • Johann Rosenmuller
    Sonata X in F for Strings and Continuo
    The Masques Ensemble
    Our Lady of Good Help Chapel, Montreal, Quebec
  • Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger
    Chacona from Five Pieces for Harp and Theorbo
    Arianna Savall, harp, Rolf Lislevand, lute
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Johannes Brahms
    Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77
    Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin, the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
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