Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony(SFS) plan to release a limited edition 22 LP set of their seven-time Grammy® award-winning Mahler Recording Project on SFS Media. The records will be manufactured on 180G virgin vinyl and have an estimated delivery date of April 2011.
The box set includes an exclusive bonus 45 rpm recording of Susan Graham and MTT performing the piano version of the Rückert-Lieder from a private session on stage at Davies Symphony Hall not available separately. Excerpts of footage from this session will also be included in Season 3 of the SFS’s national PBS television series, Keeping Score, dedicated to the music of Mahler and airing in spring 2011.
The Mahler cycle will be sold on vinyl in this 1,000 copy limited edition set provided a sufficient number of pre-orders are secured by the end of the year. The complete Mahler Project vinyl box set retails for $749 including shipping and orders are now being taken at the San Francisco Symphony’s eStore at sfsymphony.org/mahlervinyl. A pre-order with a $75 deposit secures a copy. SFS Media will also release a standard CD box set of the complete Mahler Recording Project in 2011.
Retailers interested in carrying the vinyl box set should contact distributors Harmonia Mundi in North America (excluding Canada ), SRI Canada in Canada , or Avie internationally.