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Michael Tilson Thomas


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Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel / Ein Heldenleben
London Symphony Orchestra

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Michael Tilson Thomas is an exceptional artist – Music Director of the San Francisco and the New World Symphony Orchestras, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and winner of ten Grammy Awards, he is dynamic, stimulating and innovative. Tilson Thomas is well known for his ability to make music accessible and appealing to wide audiences, and these two exciting performances with extensive rehearsal footage and educational insight from a master communicator make for a valuable 2-DVD set.

The ICA Classics Live series features performances from ICA’s own artists recorded in prestigious venues around the world. The majority of the recordings are enjoying their first commercial release.

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ICAD 5031





1 Till Eulenspiegel – Introduction and educational guide55.46


2 Till Eulenspiegel – Performance15.21




1 Ein Heldenleben – Introduction and educational guide27.43

Symphonic poem for large orchestra op.40


2 Der Held (The Hero • Le Héros)3.54

3 Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero’s Adversaries • Les Adversaires du Héros)3.12

4 Des Helden Gefährtin (The Hero’s Companion • La Compagne du Héros)14.11

5 Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero’s Deeds of War • Le Combat du Héros)6.13

6 Des Helden Friedenswerke6.16

(The Hero’s Works of Peace • Les OEuvres de paix du Héros)

7 Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung10.55

(The Hero’s Retreat from the World and the Fulfilment of his Life

La Retraite du Héros et l’Accomplissement)

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“As for the performances, they are uniformly excellent and surely rank with the finest available.”


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    “ the performance of Ein Heldenleben, he ensures that the passion of the orchestral playing at this point is almost overwhelming. The climaxes of the spectacular Battle sequence and closing epilogue are most tellingly played...”


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      “This DVD set couples two of Michael Tilson Thomas’s occasional BBC films devoted to Strauss and they’re both brilliantly successful models of how classical music can be presented for television in an informative, unstuffy way. Tilson Thomas’s manner is perfect – he’s engaging, knowledgeable, and never seems to be talking down to his audience. With Till Eulenspiegel there’s an extended, illustrated rehearsal before the piece is performed complete. It’s a treat to see the LSO displaying such effortless corporate virtuosity. As you’d expect from Humphrey Burton, the direction and production are exemplary, combined with clear images and good sound.”

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