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Friday, November 13, 2009

National Keeping Score telecasts augmented by DVDs, Blu-Rays, and now CDs and On-Demand Steaming

PBS Now Streaming Keeping Score Documentary Episodes On Demand

Coinciding with the current PBS telecasts of the second season of the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score documentary series hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra is releasing on CD concert performances of all of the works featured in the series. The CDs include Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Ives’s Holidays Symphony paired with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird and selections from The Rite of Spring, Beethoven’s Eroica and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

These CDs are in addition to the orchestra’s releases of all Keeping Score documentaries and performances on DVD, as well as the Season 2 documentaries and performances on Blu-Ray. The Season 2 Keeping Score documentaries, currently airing on PBS stations across the country (check local listings), explore the music and stories behind Hector Berlioz’s symphonic love letter Symphonie fantastique, Charles Ives’s sonic portrait of New England in his Holidays Symphony, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a work that may have saved his life.

In addition, PBS is making all Keeping Score documentary episodes available for free on-demand.. The new Season 2 episodes (Berlioz, Ives, and Shostakovich), as well as previous Keeping Score documentaries on Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky can be viewed on demand at http://video.pbs.org/searchForm/?q=Keeping+Score

Keeping Score CDs and video are available for purchase as follows:

CDs of the Companion Concerts: All six Keeping Score Companion Concert CD titles are available now at shopsfsymphony.org and the San Francisco Symphony Store in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby. Retail Stores everywhere else will carry them in 2010.

Digital Audio Downloads of the Companion Concerts: All six Keeping Score Companion Concert titles are now available from iTunes and ClassicalArchives.com

Digital Video Downloads of the Documentaries: The Beethoven, Berlioz, Copland, Ives, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky Keeping Score documentaries are available now from the iTunes store, Xbox and other online video retailers.

DVDs of the Documentaries and Concerts: Keeping Score Season 1 and 2 documentaries and companion concerts on DVD are available for purchase now from shopsfsymphony.org and at the Symphony Store in Davies Symphony Hall.

Blu-Ray Videos of the Documentaries and Concerts: All three Keeping Score Season 2 documentaries and companion concerts on Berlioz, Ives, and Shostakovich will be available on Blu-Ray in 2010.

PBS Digital Video Streaming of Documentaries:
PBS is offering online streaming of the Beethoven, Berlioz, Copland, Ives, Shostakovich, Stravinksy, and Tchaikovsky Keeping Score documentary episodes at http://video.pbs.org/searchForm/?q=Keeping+Score

Keeping Score was created by the San Francisco Symphony to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. It opened with a pilot program on Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, which aired on PBS stations in June 2004. In November 2006 more than five million viewers tuned into Keeping Score Season 1 with episodes on Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Copland. The PBS telecasts were augmented by an interactive Web site for each program, a national radio series hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas, documentary and live-performance DVDs, and an education program for K-12 schools The current Keeping Score Season 2 programs on PBS are now offered in high definition and surround-sound and are also enhanced by companion Web sites for each episode, DVDs and Blu-Rays of the documentary programs and related performances, and an expanded K-12 education program.

CD Descriptions

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (SFS 0033)
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score Season 2—Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, as seen on PBS—was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in December 2007. Video of this performance is included on the DVD with the documentary of Keeping Score: Berlioz’s Symphonie fanstastique.

Ives Holidays Symphony and Copland Appalachian Spring (SFS 0034)
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score includes Charles Ives's Holidays Symphony performed by the San Francisco Symphony, which was featured on the Season 2 program, Keeping Score: Ives Holidays Symphony. The recording of Copland's Appalachian Spring, performed here in the original 13-instrument chamber arrangement, was featured on the Season 1 Keeping Score episode and DVD Copland and the American Sound.

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 (SFS 0035)
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score Season 2: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, as seen on PBS, was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in November 2007. Video of this performance is included on the DVD with the documentary Keeping Score: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica (SFS 0031)
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score Season 1:Beethoven’s Eroica, as seen on PBS, was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in May 2004. Video of this performance is included on the DVD with the documentary Keeping Score: Beethoven’s Eroica.

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring and selections from The Firebird Suite (SFS 0032)
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score Seasion 1: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, as seen on PBS, was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in September 2004. It includes the complete The Rite of Spring plus three movements from The Firebird Suite (1919 version). Video of these performances are included on the DVD with the documentary Keeping Score: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (SFS 0030)
This companion concert recording for Keeping Score Season 1: MTT on Music, as seen on PBS, was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in May 2002. Video of this performance is included on the DVD with the documentary Keeping Score: MTT on Music – Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony.

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