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The San Francisco Symphony (SFS), founded in 1911, is an orchestra based in San Francisco, California. Since 1980, the orchestra has performed at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in the City's Hayes Valley neighborhood. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (founded in 1981) and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus (1972) are part of the organization. Its current music director is Michael Tilson Thomas, who has held the position since September 1995.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story / William Russo: Three Pieces for Blues Band and Orchestra Leonard Bernstein, William Russo; The Siegel-Schwall Band, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
1983 Les pins de Rome / Les fontaines de Rome / Les oiseaux Respighi; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart 1
1984 Peer Gynt Grieg; Elly Ameling, San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Edo de Waart 1
1985 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Rachmaninoff; Zoltán Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 1
1985 Symphony no. 3 "Organ Symphony" Camille Saint‐Saëns; San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, Jean Guillou 1
1988 Mathis der Maler / Trauermusik / Symphonic Metamorphosis Hindemith; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 3
1988 Symphonies 4 & 5 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1989 Symphonies 1 & 6 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1990 Eine Alpensinfonie / Don Juan Richard Strauss; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1990 Peer Gynt Grieg; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1990 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Paganini-Rhapsody Serge Rachmaninoff; Zoltán Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 2
1990 Symphonies 2 & 3 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1991 Carmina Burana Carl Orff; San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 5 1
1992 Symphony no. 2 / Tapiola / Valse Triste Jean Sibelius; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1993 Symphony no. 9 in C / Overture in C, D. 591 Schubert; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1993 Symphony no. 1 “Sinfonie Sérieuse” / Symphony no. 4 Berwald; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1993 Symphony no. 3 in A minor, op. 56 "Scottish" / Symphony no. 4 in A major, op. 90 "Italian" Mendelssohn; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1994 Mahler 2 "Resurrection" Mahler; Ziesak, Hellekant, San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1994 Harbison: Oboe Concerto / Symphony no. 2 / Sessions: Symphony no. 2 John Harbison, Roger Sessions; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt, William Bennett 1
1995 Ein Deutsches Requiem Johannes Brahms; Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, Wolfgang Holzmair, San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1995 Concerto for Orchestra / Kossuth Bartók; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1996 Romeo and Juliet Prokofiev; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 2
1996 Copland: The Modernist Copland; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Garrick Ohlsson 2
1996 Symphonies 1 & 7 Sibelius; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1996 Symphonies no. 5 & 8 "Unfinished" Franz Schubert; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1997 Das Klagende Lied Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1998 The 100th Birthday Celebration George Gershwin; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1999 L'Oiseau de feu / Le Sacre du printemps / Perséphone Stravinsky; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2000 Copland: The Populist Copland; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2001 Symphony no. 6 Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 2
2002 Symphony no. 1 Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2002 Russo: Street Music / Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra / Gershwin: An American in Paris Russo, Gershwin; San Francisco Symphony, Seiji Ozawa 1
2003 Symphony no. 3 in D minor / Kindertotenlieder Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Michelle DeYoung 2
2003 Symphony no. 4 Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2004 Symphony no. 2 in C minor Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2004 Symphonie fantastique / Lélio Berlioz; San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2005 Appalachian Spring / Billy the Kid / Rodeo Aaron Copland; Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony 1
2005 Symphony no. 9 in D major Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 2
2005 Symphony no. 7 Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 2
2006 Symphony no. 5 in C-sharp minor Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2008 Klavierkonzerte 2 & 3 Rachmaninoff; Zoltán Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 2
2009 Symphony no. 8 in E-flat major / Adagio from Symphony no. 10 Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2011 Ives/Brant: A Concord Symphony / Copland: Organ Symphony Ives/Brant, Copland; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Paul Jacobs 1
2012 Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine John Adams; Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony 1
2012 Leonore Overture no. 3, op. 72a / Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92 Beethoven; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2012 American Mavericks San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 2
Piano Concertos 3 & 4 Rachmaninoff; Zoltán Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Pini di Roma / Fontana di Roma / Gli uccelli Ottorino Respighi; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart 2
1990 Jongen: Symphonie Concertante / Franck: Fantaisie in A / Pastorale Jongen, Franck; San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, Michael Murray 1
1991 Piano Concertos nos. 2 & 3 Rachmaninoff; Brailowsky, Janis, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jorda, Munch 2
1994 Brahms: Symphony no. 2 / Schicksalslied / Mahler: Kindertotenlieder Brahms, Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Pierre Monteux, Marian Anderson 1
1994 Music from America Gershwin, Bernstein; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur, San Francisco Symphony, Seiji Ozawa 1
1996 Symphony no. 9 “From The New World” Antonín Dvořák; San Francisco Symphony, Seiji Ozawa 1
1999 The Symphonies nos. 4 - 6 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 2
1999 The Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3 Nielsen; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2000 Orchestral Works Hindemith; San Francisco Symphony, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2001 Violin Concertos Prokofiev, Gruenberg; Jascha Heifetz, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 1
2001 Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Rachmaninoff; Zoltán Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 1
2005 Pines of Roma / Fountains of Rome / The Birds / Ancient Airs and Dances Ottorino Respighi; San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, I Musici 1
2006 The Symphonies Sibelius; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
2011 The Mahler Project Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2013 In Memory of William Bennett: May 6 2013 San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, William Bennett 1
2015 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Charles Ives: An American Journey Charles Ives; Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Thomas Hampson 1
2008 Das Lied von der Erde Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2010 Songs With Orchestra Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
2013 Cantata on the Death of the Emperor Joseph II / Symphony no. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 West Side Story (2013 concert cast) Leonard Bernstein; San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alexandra Silber, Cheyenne Jackson 1

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