Following closely on the heels of their seven Grammy-Award winning Mahler recording cycle, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a hybrid SACD recording of Charles Ives' "A Concord Symphony," orchestrated by Henry Brant and Aaron Copland's Organ Symphony with organist Paul Jacobs. "A Concord Symphony" is Brant's orchestral arrangement of Ives' Sonata No. 2 for Piano.
Brant, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who died in 2008 at the age of 94, labored for nearly half a century to orchestrate this landmark of the 20th century piano repertoire. The resulting work, which got a superb performance in Davies Symphony Hall on Wednesday night from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, more than justified his faith... this is an exciting and hugely important addition to the repertoire, and [the] performance - vigorous, tender, and evocative - did it full justice.
- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Charles Ives (1874-1954) / Henry Brant (1913-2008)
A Concord Symphony 50:05
I. Emerson 17:39
II. Hawthorne 13:46
III. The Alcotts 6:13
IV. Thoreau 12:26
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Organ Symphony 27:02
I. Prelude: Andante 7:13
II. Scherzo: Allegro motto 7:40
III. Finale: Lento-Allegro moderato 12:08