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VIDEO: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
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Length: 03:03:47
Aired: 10/29/2009

The Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, is the story of a fall from grace and redemption. Written in 1937 in Stalinist Russia, Shostakovich was the golden boy composer until, virtually overnight, his patriotism was questioned, condemned, in the most public way possible. The Fifth Symphony marked a triumphant return, but the question remains, what did the composer mean with this enigmatic music? Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony discover the story behind this great work. watch

VIDEO: Ives Holidays Symphony

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Ives Holidays Symphony
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Length: 03:00:27
Aired: 10/22/2009

American composer Charles Ives created his Holidays Symphony as a haunting sonic portrait of New England at the turn of the 20th century-at turns sentimental and chaotic. Michael Tilson Thomas explores the riddle of Ives the loyal son and business man, and Ives the musical maverick who made listeners confront their understanding of what music could be. Tilson Thomas' journey through Ives's music and influences brings a fresh understanding of this complex work. watch

VIDEO: Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
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Length: 01:13:41
Aired: 10/15/2009

With 'Symphonie fantastique', Hector Berlioz confessed his unique artistic vision. It was a symphonic love letter, part psychological self-portrait, part fantasy about the life of an artist, and his passion for a beautiful woman. Michael Tilson Thomas searches for the inspirations of Hector Berlioz and his music, from his roots in the French Alps to the theater in Paris. With members of the San Francisco Symphony, Tilson Thomas interprets and reveals this greatest of Romantic symphonies. watch

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
Copland and the American Sound
Ives Holidays Symphony

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2011 A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein TV Show Series, Performer
2011 Keeping Score TV Show Series, Performer
2011 San Francisco Symphony in Concert TV Show Series, Performer
2011 Mahler TV Show Series, Performer
2006 Keeping Score TV Show Series, Performer

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