Michael Tilson Thomas is a truly exceptional artist – Music Director of the San Francisco and the New World Symphony Orchestras, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and winner of ten Grammy Awards, he is dynamic, stimulating and innovative. He is the recipient of the National Arts Medal, America’s highest honour for artistic excellence, and a member of the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.
Tilson Thomas’s 1989 recording of Heldenleben with the LSO on the CBS Masterworks series was hailed as outstanding: ‘This is the most emotionally sumptuous Heldenleben I have encountered since Barbirolli's with the same orchestra 20 years ago.’ The CD was coupled with a ‘witty and sparkling account’ of Till Eulenspiegel. (Gramophone Magazine 1989).
Since 2004, Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra have worked on Keeping Score, a media project including television, web sites, radio programmes and programmes in schools.
Tilson Thomas is well known for his ability to make music accessible and appealing to wide audiences, and these two exciting performances with extensive rehearsal footage and educational insight from such an expert communicator make for a valuable 2-DVD set.
This is the first DVD release.
Sound format: LPCM stereo/ Ambient Mastering
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 143’
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G
Region code: 0
Territory Restrictions: None
Awards Issue 2011
“At his finest, in Till Eulenspiegel, Michael Tilson Thomas proves an ideal narrator...This is no merely an intellectual analysis but a gripping exposition of how a masterpiece can satisfyingly engage the listener using a constantly evolving texture of simple musical ideas....[Ein Heldenleben] is gloriously played by the LSO, with Alexander Barantschik's violin portrayal of Strauss's wife wonderfully sympathetic.”
“this is quite simply a phenomenal performance. As you would expect from the LSO, the brass are electrifying from start to finish, and leader Alexander Barantschik delivers the virtuosic violin solos with effortless ease.”
The Arts Desk
18th June 2011
“Tilson Thomas’s manner is perfect – he’s engaging, knowledgeable, and never seems to be talking down to his audience...it’s a treat to see the LSO displaying such effortless corporate virtuosity. As you’d expect from Humphrey Burton, the direction and production are exemplary, combined with clear images and good sound.”
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