Schumann: 4 Symphonies - Tilson Thomas

Schumann: 4 Symphonies - Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony  SFS 0071 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Schumann: Symphonies 1-4

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

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Comments (8)

Comment by hiredfox - October 14, 2017 (1 of 8)

This listing had me sighing with relief. It's been far too long since the last SACD from the SFS.

Comment by Luketsu - October 14, 2017 (2 of 8)

I agree! Can't wait to hear this!

Comment by William Hecht - October 14, 2017 (3 of 8)

I guess this is what they mean by "taking one for the team". With three complete sacd sets already on my shelf I need this like a hole in the head but I've got to support the SFS.

Comment by hiredfox - October 18, 2017 (4 of 8)

All is not lost Bill, these symphonies are notoriously difficult to get right. Most SACD sets have disappointed in one way or another.

Comment by William Hecht - October 18, 2017 (5 of 8)

True John, but I'm pretty fond of the Ticciati set and also enjoy significant parts of Dausgaard's and Foster's (though the Pentatone engineers didn't entirely succeed in taming the Rudolfinum). Believe it or not I still have the Sawallisch set on SQ encoded LP's (I haven't actually listened to an LP in quite a number of years but some have hung around the house for reasons I can't explain decades after the SQ, QS , CD-4 equipment exited). It would have been nice had it gotten the Pentatone RQR treatment instead of being consigned to the stereo only gulag. If the sound cleaned up well from the original quad masters that might have been the best of all.

Comment by Luketsu - October 18, 2017 (6 of 8)

I've enjoyed to listen to the Ticciati set - beautifully mixed surround sound, spirited performances. Dausgaard, also, is very good but lacks the last drop of excitement due to the dry acoustics of the recording venue (this is, naturally, a thing you cannot affect much...). Simon Gaudenz on CPO offers fiery interpretations of the scores and he is, I think, the most exciting of all. But as I mentioned above I'm looking forward to hearing of this new release.

Comment by William Hecht - October 21, 2017 (7 of 8)

I've always bought my SFSO discs directly from the orchestra and so was surprised to discover that it has abandoned direct sales and delegated everything to Amazon, Presto, and Arkiv. In my neck of the woods, and despite being an Amazon prime member meaning no shipping cost, Presto has by far the best price.

Comment by hiredfox - October 28, 2017 (8 of 8)

We are no nearer clarity on Brexit now than when the whole process started 18 months ago, with the inevitable impact on the trading value of sterling. UK supplier prices must be incredibly attractive to collectors in the USA & Europe particularly. Evidently a very good time for you chaps to stockpile SACD discs.

Alas, the reverse is true for we Brits. SACD are more expensive now than ever they have been with the unavoidable consequences of these higher prices. Presto really do try their best to help us as well as our friends overseas but for me it has meant fewer orders placed in 2017 than in any year since the SACD habit had taken hold although in monetary terms probably that means a similar expenditure. The riskier repertoire are the likely casualties.