Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will
release a hybrid SACD recording and digital download of Beethoven's
Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Symphony No.
2 on SFS Media, the Orchestra's in-house label, on Tuesday,
November 12, 2013.
MTT describes Beethoven's Cantata on the Death of Emperor
Joseph II as ".. powerful, dramatic, and full of very vivid
contrasts, with a particular fresh simplicity which is
The recording can be pre-ordered on iTunes and
on SACD from the San Francisco Symphony Store. The album
features the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and soloists Sally
Matthews, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Barry Banks,
tenor; and Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone. The original
performance was recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall May 2-3, 2013
during MTT and the Orchestra's two-week festival exploring
Beethoven's early inspirations.
Preview the album here.