Editors’ Notes With Michael Tilson Thomas approaching the end of his tenure with the San Francisco Symphony, the orchestra treated their music director to a recording of his own music. These two recent works reveal a strong musical voice that really knows how to connect with an audience. The poignant yet ultimately optimistic Anne Frank setting, for narrator and orchestra, uses diary entries to chart an often painful narrative. There are echoes of Stravinsky, perhaps, in MTT’s writing here. The six Rilke poems, set for mezzo and bass-baritone, are elegant and cool to match the (German) words. Wonderfully evocative performances.

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From the Diary of Anne Frank, Pt. 1
I. Instrumental Intro
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II. "I hope I shall be able to confide..."
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III. "It's an odd idea..."
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IV. "There is a saying..."
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From the Diary of Anne Frank, Pt. 2
I. "Dear Kitty. So much has happened..."
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II. "Daddy began to tell us..."
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III. "I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed..."
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IV. Instrumental
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From the Diary of Anne Frank, Pt. 3
I. "Dear Kitty!!!..."
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II. "I believe that it's spring..."
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III. "Do you gather a bit of what I mean?..."
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IV. "I want to go on living..."
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Meditations on Rilke
Meditations on Rilke: Herbsttag
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II. Ich lebe mein Leben in wachsenden Ringen
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III. Das Lied des Trinkers
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IV. Immer wieder
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V. Imaginärer Lebenslauf
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VI. Herbst
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