Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1
Eloquence ELQ4826168 (two discs)
The Boston/DG recording now comes on CD with Syms 2 and 4 (Abbado), but the DG 'Originals' album is offered by Presto as a 44.1kHz/16-bit download.

Debussy: Images, Jeux, La Plus Que Lente
SFS Media SFS0069 (SACD)
A re-recording of the Images – the Boston version is on Eloquence – and Jeux [see text].

Ives Symphonies Nos 1-4
Sony G01000 1222750C and 1222765X
See text. An earlier version of No 4 (Boston SO) attractively coupled with two Ives tone-poems is also available as a download.

Schumann: Symphonies Nos 1-4
SFS Media 2193600722 (two SACDs)
Hardback book presentation with 84-page notes. Shame, though, about the intrusive applause after each symphony.

Mahler: Symphony No 6
SFS Media SFS0001 (two SACDs)
This was the start of the SFS Mahler cycle, an 'awe-inspiringly controlled interpretation' said BBC Music magazine.

Copland: ballet scores
RCA 82876 658402
Billy the Kid, Rodeo and Appalachian Spring (the complete score). Recorded at Davies Hall, San Francisco, in May 1999.