Michael Tilson Thomas | Photo by Brandon Patoc

For 25 years, he led the San Francisco Symphony to international renown. He has left an everlasting stamp on American Classical music. All month long, we celebrate Michael Tilson Thomas and his years in San Francisco with his personal insights and favorite musical moments weekdays at 3PM on MTT Time. Each day on-air, we’ll showcase a particular recording from each season of Michael Tilson Thomas’s tenure with the SF Symphony, starting from the beginning and working our way to the present. You can also listen to a full-length recording of each piece after it airs on demand!

See what’s currently available below and listen at your leisure!


Hear from MTT himself: From the time he was named Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony 25 years ago, Michael Tilson Thomas has been taking the orchestra and audiences on musical journeys to new places. As he finishes his final season, he looks back at that relationship, and the moments on the podium that gave him the most joy. KDFC’s Jeffrey Freyman has more:


Full pieces featuring MTT and the San Francisco Symphony:

Maurice Ravel: La Valse | Recorded January 2020

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 43 | Recorded March 2019

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts, Opus 14 | Recorded October 2017

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919 revision) | Recorded September/October 2016

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Opus 56a | Recorded May 2016

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor | Recorded October 2014

Claude Debussy: Images pour orchestre | Recorded June 2014

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Opus 28 | Recorded December 2012

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major, Opus 52 | Recorded June 2012

Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major for Large Orchestra, Opus 11 | Recorded March 2011

Claude Debussy: La Mer | Recorded May 2010

Mason Bates: The B-Sides, Five Pieces for Electronica and Orchestra | Recorded May 2009

Franz Schubert: Symphony in C major, D.944, The Great | Recorded January 2008

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Opus 13, Winter Daydreams | Recorded April 2007

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88 | Recorded September 2005

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Opus 30 | Recorded May 2005

Hector Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17 | Recorded October 2003

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Opus 38, Spring | Recorded January 2003

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3 in G major, Opus 55 | Recorded June 2002

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Opus 27 | Recorded December 2000

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67 | Recorded September 1999

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor | Recorded January 1999

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Opus 92 | Recorded September 1997

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 97, Rhenish | Recorded October 1996

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64 | Recorded May 1996