Keeping Score: MTT on Music – Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony

San Francisco Symphony

In this DVD, MTT delves into the notes and symbols that make up Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, and unlocks the drama, pathos, elation and despair within.

The evening really caught fire. This piece may be overexposed, but the orchestra’s vibrant and exquisitely shaped performance made it seem new again. The magnificent brass fanfare that opened the piece sounded almost arrogant in its forceful cogency. The finale was a fireball of sound, brilliant and unstoppable.

- San Francisco Chronicle

Deep in the vaults of San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall is an archive of more than 3600 scores—virtually the entire classical music repertoire. These scores are more than just collections of notes. They’re codebooks, packed with messages from the great composers about their experiences with life.

As keeper and interpreter of the great surge of passions each score represents, Michael Tilson Thomas breathes life into dreams and visions that may go back hundreds of years.

MTT takes you behind the scenes to experience the preparation behind every performance—the solitary practice sessions, the group rehearsals, the efforts of each musician to grasp the composer’s ultimate message—”This is how life is.”

Bonus Features:

Narrated Graphic History of Tchaikovsky
Live performance of the complete Tchaikovsky 4th by the San Francisco Symphony and MTT recorded in 5.1 surround sound audio and presented in widescreen format
Subtitles in German, French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese
Region: 0 (Plays in all DVD players Worldwide)

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