Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand', by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8


Mahler:

Symphony No. 7

2011

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

2013


The highly praised Mahler Cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra continues with the release of the 7th and 8th Symphonies. Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 7 + 8 with Paavo Järvi.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES Symphony No. 8: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Latin

Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 7 + 8 with Paavo Järvi

English (original language), German, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 185 MINS

“the Eighth is - as with all the other performances in the cycle - highly accomplished. Less so the filming...Overall the Seventh belongs with the other mid-period symphonies as the high point of the cycle.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

C Major Paavo Järvi Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle - 729604

(Blu-ray)

$35.25

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Christine Brewer (soprano), Soile Isokoski (soprano), Juliane Banse (mezzo-soprano), Birgit Remmert (mezzo-soprano), Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano), Jon Villars (tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone) & John Relyea (bass)

Toronto Children’s Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

EMI Masters - 6230762

(CD)

$9.50

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Sylvia Greenberg, Lynne Dawson, Sally Matthews (soprano), Sophie Koch, Elena Manistana (altos) & Robert Gambill (tenor)

Deutscher Rundfunk Berlin & Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano

“Nagano is blessed with a superb orchestra and choruses all on top form (the richness of sound in the hushed 'Alles Vergangliche', complete with subterranean basses, is wonderful)” Daily Telegraph, 18 March 2005

“probably the best we have.” Rob Cowan, The Independent

“majestic performance under Kent Nagano, with superb soloists including sopranos Sylvia Greenberg, Lynne Dawson and Sally Matthews, altos Sophie Koch and Elena Manistana and tenor Robert Gambill. Mahler's masterwork emerges in all its rococo splendour, his rich orchestral textures and bold vocal writing adding up to a secular mass for our times.” The Observer, 6 March 2005

Harmonia Mundi - HMGold - HMG501858/59

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.25

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Recorded at St Paul's Cathedral last July, this is the sixth title in Gergiev's mighty Mahler cycle.


Viktoria Yastrebova, Ailish Tynan, Ludmila Dudinova (sopranos), Lilli Paasikivi, Zlata Bulycheva (mezzo-sopranos), Alexey Markov (baritone), Sergey Semishkur (tenor) & Evgeny Nikitin (bass)

Choir of Eltham College, Choral Arts Society of Washington, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

CONCERT REVIEW:

"two performances bringing Gergiev's Mahler cycle to a triumphant close. Gergiev caught the crucial moment of expectation to perfection. But in the end it was the shattering power of several hundred voices, an expanded orchestra and full cathedral organ that delivered the mightiest of Mahler's symphonies with the sonic splendour it demands." London Evening Standard

“As a concert venue St Paul's Cathedral's problems remain acute: chief culprit is the building's notorious nine-second reverberation period which gives climaxes earth-shattering power but reduces inner detail to mush.
In these circumstances the conductor's role is mainly one of damage limitation. Not that Gergiev chooses sluggish tempi to palliate the acoustics. Indeed he tends to plough on as precipitately as ever at section ends. Not for him the grand but apocryphal slowing into the first movement recapitulation as favoured by Bern- stein et al. Some exaggerated enunciation by the far-flung choral groups is presumably designed to maximise audibility. Meanwhile most of the soloists proffer Mariinsky German in vaguely Verdian style and the ladies aren't always in tune. James Mallinson and his sound team do their best with the microphones, ensuring that unique moments such as the stratospheric apparition of the Mater Gloriosa are captured for posterity. There's a more than usually sweettoned sentimentality about much of Part 2.
Belying the thrills and spills of an event in which many of the performers will have been unable to hear each other or catch much more than a glimpse of their maestro, the final Chorus Mysticus brings a real sense of gravitas and uplift. The massed voices are wonderfully hushed at the start even if the offstage trumpets register less impressively at the close (everyone sounds offstage at St Paul's). Whether this is a tribute to Gergiev's sense of the dramatic, the professionalism of his assembled artistes or sheer good luck is difficult to tell.
Shorn of applause, the reading is neatly accommodated on a single hybrid SACD and makes an appropriately idiosyncratic climax to a controversial cycle. The packaging, quite sumptuous for a bargain issue, has full texts and translations.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“at once the most ambitious and the most impressive in Gergiev's variable Mahler series...The atmosphere of a great occasion is caught admirably, with the timpani and organ very impressive...A most competitive version.” Penguin Guide, 2010 ***

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Hybrid Multi-channel

LSO Live Gergiev Mahler Symphonies - LSO0669

(SACD)

$10.25

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


“outstanding in every way, extrovert in display but full of dark implications...one of [Solti's] finest Mahler records” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

“Now at last Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand can be heard on record at something approaching its full, expansive stature. Here is a version from Solti which ... conveys the feeling of a great occasion ... so overwhelming is the build-up of tension” Gramophone Magazine

Presto Greatest Recordings

1970s

Decca - Originals - 4757521

(CD)

$10.00

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Harmonia Mundi - HMC901858/59

(CD - 2 discs)

$21.25

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Mahler: 10 Symphonies

Mahler: 10 Symphonies


Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major


Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Rafael Kubelik

Decca - 4795447

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Vinyl Edition

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Vinyl Edition


Mahler:

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Presto Greatest Recordings

1970s

Decca - 4788551

(Vinyl - 2 discs)

$35.25

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Association Choir, Musashino Chorus, The Little Singers Of Tokyo, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi

Exton - OVCL00319

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8


Mahler:

Symphony No. 7

2011

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

2013


The highly praised Mahler Cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra continues with the release of the 7th and 8th Symphonies. Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 7 + 8 with Paavo Järvi.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES Symphony No. 8: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Latin

Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 7 + 8 with Paavo Järvi

English (original language), German, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 185 MINS

“the Eighth is - as with all the other performances in the cycle - highly accomplished. Less so the filming...Overall the Seventh belongs with the other mid-period symphonies as the high point of the cycle” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

C Major Paavo Järvi Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle - 729508

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$35.25

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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