The San Francisco Symphony is known for operating at the cutting edge when it comes to audio (and video) quality. It was one of the first orchestras to produce surround SACDs and CD-quality downloads.
‘San Francisco Symphony at 100′ is the first classical Blu-ray disc to be mastered in the new Dolby TrueHD 96 kHz sampling format, and features both 5.1 and stereo mixes. The disc features footage of music director Michael Tilson Thomas conducting performances of Copland’s Billy the Kid Ballet Suite, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor (featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman), Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and a multimedia version of John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. There are also documentary vignettes tracing the SFS history, narrated by Amy Tan.
We can thank SFS recording producer and engineer, Jack Vad, and General Manager John Kieser for the adoption of TrueHD and the development of SFS Media’s other bold audio, video, and television projects. TrueHD has now been adopted as the audio standard for future SFS disc releases.
Other Dolby TrueHD releases of note are Greater China’s ‘The Flowers of War’ and the Joe Satriani concert film ‘Satchurated: Live in Montreal’.