Mahler: Symphony No. 6, "Tragic" San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas

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Label: SFS Media

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

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  • Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911): Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic":
  • 1I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig24:33
  • 2II. Scherzo: Wuchtig14:02
  • 3III. Andante moderato17:27
  • 4IV. Finale: Allegro moderato - Allegro energico31:22
  • Total Runtime01:27:24

Info for Mahler: Symphony No. 6, "Tragic"

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas present their first recording of the complete Mahler Symphony cycle. Each of Mahler's nine symphonies is a drama, and Michael Tilson Thomas is among the foremost interpreters of these episodes. Last fall, the SFS and MTT began their five-season project of recording all the Mahler Symphonies and the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth, live.

The first installment is Symphony No. 6. Sometimes called the "Tragic" Symphony, the Sixth shows Mahler at his most devastating, and many think of this music, first heard in 1906, as a prophecy of the horrors of the century to come. This recording was made at the SFS concerts of September 12-15, 2001, immediately following the events of September 11 and captures a passionate response to that day.

“One of the most awe-inspiringly controlled interpretations this work can ever have received….This has to be among the finest Mahler recordings ever made” (BBC Music Magazine)

"The cathartic power of music - to howl, to grieve, and ultimately to console - has never seemed so miraculous." (The San Francisco Chronicle)

"Michael Tilson Thomas' frighteningly intense performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony is the ... real standout among the [Grammy] winners." (Los Angeles Times)

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

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