Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release the latest instalment in their acclaimed Mahler symphony cycle, the epic Symphony No. 9. Written in the last two years of the composer's life, Tilson Thomas has called the work "perhaps the most important and emotionally satisfying farewell symphony in all of music." The 2-CD set was recorded live in San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, in a concert the San Francisco Chronicle called "a performance for the ages...this may well be the crowning achievement of the entire project." As with all other releases in the MTT/SFS Mahler cycle, Symphony No. 9 benefits from Direct Stream Digital recording technology and release in Hybrid SACD format. The critically acclaimed MTT/SFS Mahler cycle has garnered two Grammy Awards. All five previous releases have graced the Top Ten of the Billboard Classical Chart.
Critical acclaim for the MTT/SFS Mahler symphony cycle:
"This is probably the best-played and most vividly engineered recording of Mahler's First Symphony I've yet heard." - Gramophone on Symphony No. 1
"More than matches the award-winning quality of past releases in the series." - Music Week on Symphony No. 2
"The knockout factors here are the orchestra's playing...and the spacious clarity of the sound." - Classic fM magazine on Symphony No. 3
"One to rank alongside the blistering performance of the Sixth" - BBC Music Magazine * * * * * / * * * * *, Benchmark Recording on Symphony No. 4
"This has to be among the finest Mahler recordings ever made." - BBC Music Magazine on Symphony No. 6