Launched in 2001, the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas's series of critically acclaimed Gustav Mahler symphony recordings are issued on our in-house recording label SFS Media™. The first U.S. orchestra to form its own label, the San Francisco Symphony has recorded all of the Mahler symphonies, the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth Symphony, Kindertotenlieder and Das Lied von der Erde and released a re-mastered recording of Das klagende Lied. Additional works still to be released include Mahler's Rückert Lieder, Songs Of A Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. This is the future Mahler works.
In 2009, the Orchestra's recording of Mahler's Symphony No.8 & Adagio from No. 10 won three Grammys® in the categories of Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Engineered Classical Album. The Orchestra's recording of Symphony No. 7 received two 2006 Grammy® Awards in the categories of Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance. The first recording, Mahler's Symphony No. 6, released in 2002, won the Grammy® for Best Orchestral Performance, and was also nominated for Best Classical Album. Mahler's Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder, featuring mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, the women of the SFS Chorus, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
The Mahler recordings were produced by Andreas Neubronner. All of the Mahler recordings are released on Super Audio CD (SACD) format through a contribution from Sony Music Corp. SACD provides the precision of digital technology while retaining the originality and warmth of analog sound.
The Mahler recordings are distributed in the U.S. by Harmonia Mundi USA.
These recordings are made possible by the encouragement and generous leadership funding of the Ann and Getty Foundation. Additional support was provided by Nancy and Joachim Bechtle, the Buffet Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, and John E. Hurley, Jr. and Jo S. Hurley.
Special thanks to David Kawakami and Colin Cigarran of the Sony Super Audio CD project.