Masterpieces in Miniature

San Francisco Symphony

This exquisite new recording from the Grammy Award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is proof that good things come in small packages. Discover charming, wistful, and even haunting timbres in music by some of the world’s favorite composers, as MTT shares his most personal musical memories with you. With an electrifying performance by virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, Masterpieces in Miniature is a must-have collection of brief but brilliant pieces that will delight casual listeners and aficionados alike.

In Masterpieces in Miniature Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and his orchestra present twelve short favorite pieces by twelve familiar composers, each of the pieces a polished little gem under the conductor and ensemble. Tilson Thomas imbues them with energy, subtlety, refinement, and grace as the occasion demands, and the orchestra plays them with vigor, nuance, culture, and élan always. Together, the conductor and orchestra provide a polish and sparkle to make even the most timeworn of these warhorses sound fresh again.

- John J. Puccio, Classical Candor

Masterpieces in Miniature

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

1. Henry Litolff: Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 7:36
Yuja Wang, piano
2. Gustav Mahler: Blumine 8:28
3. Gabriel Fauré: Pavane 6:26
4. Claude Debussy: La Plus que lente 6:26
5. Franz Schubert: Entr’acte No. 3 from Rosamunde 6:53
6. Charles Ives/Henry Brant: The Alcotts from A Concord Symphony 6:11
7. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Opus 34, No. 14 5:29
8. Antonín Dvořák: Legend for Orchestra, Opus 59, No. 6 5:48
9. Jean Sibelius: Valse triste 5:29
10. Frederick Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring 7:31
11. Edvard Grieg: The Last Spring, Op. 34, No. 2 5:44
12. Léo Delibes: Cortège de Bacchus from Sylvia 6:07

Total Playing Time: 1:18:08

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