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

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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 in 1971


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“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

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

Decca High Fidelity - 4785006

(Blu-ray audio)

$29.50

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus bluray disc)

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus bluray disc)


Mahler:

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

with bonus bluray


Christine Brewer, Camilla Nylund, Maria Espada, Stephanie Blythe, Mihoko Fujimura, Robert Dean Smith, Tommi Hakala & Stefan Kocán

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, State Choir 'Latvija', Bavarian Radio Choir, National Boys Choir & National Children's Choir, Mariss Jansons

"Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. There are no more human voices, only planets and suns revolving in their orbits," wrote Gustav Mahler to his friend, Willem Mengelberg, on 18 August 1906. The day before, he had completed the sketches of the Eighth Symphony in little more than three weeks, and that after a very hectic season.

The legendary relationship between Gustav Mahler, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Willem Mengelberg has established a firm tradition of playing Mahler in Amsterdam. During the 1960s the orchestra and Bernard Haitink started recording a Mahler discography that still remains one of the cornerstones of any Mahlerian's collection. Ricccardo Chailly's tenure as chief conductor yielded another brilliant Mahler cycle and now Mariss Jansons is steadily building his tribute to the composer.

Recorded during the same Mahler cycle as the recently released Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 – part of the full Mahler cycle that the orchestra performed in the 2009-2011 seasons to celebrate the composer's 150th birthday and 100th anniversary of his death - Mariss Jansons's interpretation of the Eight Symphony is one more jewel in the crown of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; with a star-studded cast and excellent choral forces, this 'Symphony of a Thousand' left a lasting impression on the audience.

“Jansons conveys a thrilling sense of occasion” Financial Times, 3rd August 2013

“Jansons keeps the music moving and gives himself something to pull back from in the biggest tuttis...And he has a shining Christine Brewer as his first soprano popping those top Bs and Cs above the stave...up there among the select front-runners.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

“It immediately takes the lead among interpretations of this phenomenal work...a reading of the score that is both thrilling and telling in its emotional finesse and sincerity...With the Royal Concertgebouw on supreme form, Jansons unequivocally delivers a performance of cosmic impact.” The Telegraph, 11th July 2013

“The performance has absolutely no weak links. The choral singing, so crucial in this work, is highly disciplined and excellent...The playing of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is superb throughout...the performance is superbly controlled and though Jansons gives the music its head he keeps a very firm grip on things and also displays tremendous attention to detail” MusicWeb International, 22nd July 2013

“Jansons' line up of Wagnerian soloists for this live Concertgebouw Mahler spectacular is possibly the most impressive since Georg Solti's classic 1971 recording...If this still doesn't rise quite to the top of my list of recorded Mahler Eights, it's partly because Jansons doesn't 'do' impetuous from the outset as Mahler asks” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2013

Super Audio CD

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RCO Live Mariss Jansons Mahler Symphonies - RCO13002

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$18.75

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus DVD disc)

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus DVD disc)


Mahler:

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


Christine Brewer (soprano), Camilla Nylund (soprano), Maria Espada (soprano), Stephanie Blythe (mezzo), Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo), Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Tommi Hakala (baritone), Stefan Kocán (bass)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, State Choir 'Latvija', Bavarian Radio Choir, National Boys Choir, National Children's Choir, Mariss Jansons

1 SACD + DVD

"Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. There are no more human voices, only planets and suns revolving in their orbits," wrote Gustav Mahler to his friend, Willem Mengelberg, on 18 August 1906. The day before, he had completed the sketches of the Eighth Symphony in little more than three weeks, and that after a very hectic season.

The legendary relationship between Gustav Mahler, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Willem Mengelberg has established a firm tradition of playing Mahler in Amsterdam. During the 1960s the orchestra and Bernard Haitink started recording a Mahler discography that still remains one of the cornerstones of any Mahlerian's collection. Ricccardo Chailly's tenure as chief conductor yielded another brilliant Mahler cycle and now Mariss Jansons is steadily building his tribute to the composer.

Recorded during the same Mahler cycle as the recently released Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 – part of the full Mahler cycle that the orchestra performed in the 2009-2011 seasons to celebrate the composer's 150th birthday and 100th anniversary of his death - Mariss Jansons's interpretation of the Eight Symphony is one more jewel in the crown of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; with a star-studded cast and excellent choral forces, this 'Symphony of a Thousand' left a lasting impression on the audience.

“It immediately takes the lead among interpretations of this phenomenal work...a reading of the score that is both thrilling and telling in its emotional finesse and sincerity...With the Royal Concertgebouw on supreme form, Jansons unequivocally delivers a performance of cosmic impact.” The Telegraph, 11th July 2013

“The performance has absolutely no weak links. The choral singing, so crucial in this work, is highly disciplined and excellent...The playing of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is superb throughout...the performance is superbly controlled and though Jansons gives the music its head he keeps a very firm grip on things and also displays tremendous attention to detail” MusicWeb International, 22nd July 2013

“Jansons conveys a thrilling sense of occasion” Financial Times, 3rd August 2013

“Jansons' line up of Wagnerian soloists for this live Concertgebouw Mahler spectacular is possibly the most impressive since Georg Solti's classic 1971 recording...If this still doesn't rise quite to the top of my list of recorded Mahler Eights, it's partly because Jansons doesn't 'do' impetuous from the outset as Mahler asks.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“Jansons keeps the music moving and gives himself something to pull back from in the biggest tuttis...And he has a shining Christine Brewer as his first soprano popping those top Bs and Cs above the stave...up there among the select front-runners.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

“Jansons sets off Mahler’s cosmic clockwork with all-encompassing vision and jewelled precision. Contrapuntal textures never flag or become garrulous in density or over-insistence. The few passages where the music draws breath are shrewdly punctuated as moments of re-charge...a compelling course is steered towards a torrential closing passage.” International Record Review, November 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2013

Super Audio CD

Format:

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RCO Live Mariss Jansons Mahler Symphonies - RCO13003

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$18.75

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Hartmut Haenchen conducts Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8

Hartmut Haenchen conducts Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 20 November 1999 (Live)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 10 September 2002 (Live)

Rita Cullis, Angela Maria Blasi, Ofelia Sala (soprano), Reinhild Runkel, Catherine Keen (mezzo-soprano), Glenn Winslade (tenor), John Bröcheler (baritone) & Kurt Rydl (Bass)

National Choir of the Ukraine ‘Dumka’, Ukrainian Radio Choir & Dresden Philharmonic Children’s Choir


Hartmut Haenchen was born in Dresden in 1943. He was awarded first prize at the Carl Maria von Weber Competition in that city in 1971. During the 1972–3 season he made his debut at the Berlin State Opera, directing Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. He appeared there regularly until 1986. From 1973 to 1976, Haenchen was conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic and a regular guest with the Dresden State Opera. Subsequently, he began to make regular appearances at Berlin’s Komische Oper.

In 1986, Haenchen became music director of the De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam and chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO). His Ring cycle in Amsterdam was an outstanding success and will be revived in 2012–14. He has collaborated with La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Opéra National de Paris, and performed with orchestras throughout the world including the Berlin Philharmonic and Concertgebouw. Projects have included a Mahler cycle with the Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. In October 2008 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and the arts.

These recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and the massive Symphony No.8 are being released on ICA’s ‘Live’ artist series to commemorate Hartmut Haenchen’s seventieth birthday. Any recording of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ is a major and rare event and this live performance in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a venue closely associated with Mahler, is no exception. The superb digital recording captures the stupendous sound of both symphonies and in particular the huge forces employed and wide dynamic range that Mahler demands in Symphony No.8.

Haenchen’s recent live Mahler Symphony No.6 can be seen on DVD (ICAD5018): the disc won a prestigious Diapason d’or award.

ica classics Live - ICAC5094

(CD - 2 discs)

$25.50

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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'


Barbara Haveman (soprano), Orla Boylan (soprano), Christiane Oelze (soprano), Anna Palimina (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo-soprano), Maria Radner (contralto), Brandon Jovanovich (tenor) & Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)

Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Girls and Boys of Choirs at the Cologne Cathedral Choir of the Bach Society, Cologne; Cologne Cathedral Choir, Kartäuserkantorei Cologne, Philharmonic Choir of Bonn Vocal Ensemble Cologne Cathedral, Markus Stenz

Continuing the critically acclaimed series of Mahler recordings with the Gurzenich-

Orchester Cologne conducted by Markus Stenz, the orchestra is joined on this recording by various soloists. The series so far has been chosen as Gramophone Editor’s Choices and has been well reviewed by all other outlets, remarkable in such a crowded market place.

“Stenz outdoes himself in finding a level of musical depth rarely plumbed in this piece. So too is he blessed with a roster of singers who view the music as more than merely a series of dramatic effects. Combing operatic firepower with the interpretative acumen of recitalists, the cast uniformly docuses not so much on hitting the dramatic points as floating the moments in between.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013

“Stenz excels at knitting together the disparate elements – the Veni, creator spiritus really feels like a component part of Mahler’s grand design instead of a clumsy prologue. The Gürzenich-Orchester make a burnished, very European sound. The brass play with incredible force and power, but never sound strident.” The Arts Desk, 8th December 2012

Super Audio CD

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Oehms Markus Stenz Mahler Cycle - OC653

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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)

$11.50

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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'


Melanie Diener (soprano), Juliane Banse (soprano), Lisa Larsson (soprano), Yvonne Naef (alto), Birgit Remmert (alto), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Stephen Powell (baritone), Askar Abdrazakov (bass), Alfred Muff (bass)

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman

RCA - 88697672942

(CD - 2 discs)

$26.00

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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'


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)

$16.25

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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'


Barbara Kubiak - Soprano I (Magna Peccatrix), Izabela Klosinska - Soprano II (Una Poenitentium), Marta Boberska - Soprano III (Mater Gloriosa), Jadwiga Rappé - Alto I (Mulier Samaritana), Ewa Marciniec - Alto II (Maria Aegyptica), Timothy Bentch - Tenor (Doctor Marianus), Wojtek Drabowicz - Baritone (Pater Ecstaticus) & Piotr Nowacki - Bass (Pater Profundis)

Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit

With its enormous vocal, choral and orchestral forces, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, later to be dubbed 24-bit, 96 kHz Stereo and Surround recordings. ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, is one of the largest and longest symphonies in the active repertoire. Part One, inspired by the Whitsuntide Vesper hymn Veni creator spiritus, is an invocation to the Creator Spirit. Part Two, a setting of the closing scene from Goethe’s Faust, depicts Faust’s redemption through wisdom and love. “Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound”, was how Mahler himself described the impact of the closing pages of the Symphony.

AUDIO Presented in HIGH DEFINITION 24-BIT 96 KHZ

5.1 Surround

DTS-HD Master Audio

PCM Stereo 2.0

Total Running Time: 1:20:51

Naxos - Antoni Wit Mahler Symphonies - NBD0009

(Blu-ray audio)

$16.50

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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'

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 21 January 1991


Júlia Várady, Jane Eaglen, Susan Bullock (sopranos), Trudeliese Schmidt, Jadwiga Rappé (mezzo soprano), Kenneth Riegel (tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (baritone) & Hans Sotin (bass)

London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, London Symphony Chorus & Eton College Boys’ Choir, Klaus Tennstedt

Popularly known as the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, in this live recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 from 1991, over 528 singers and musicians are led in a vibrant, life-affirming performance by one of the greatest interpreters of Mahler’s music, Klaus Tennstedt.

The soloist line-up includes some of the most celebrated operatic singers of the twentieth century including sopranos Júlia Várady and Susan Bullock and American tenor Kenneth Riegel.

This double disc CD features the combined choral forces of the London Philharmonic Choir and the London Symphony Chorus as well as 50 boys from Eton College Boys’ Choir.

‘It was an inspired a Mahler performance as Tennstedt has ever conducted, with an inevitability, a sense of spiritual grandeur and adventure, that renewed all one’s youthful faith in a work which one feared might have lost its power, thrill and surprise for ever’. Daily Telegraph on the recorded live performance of Mahler Symphony No. 8 in 1991.

“There have been more refined, and more shapely accounts of this gargantuan work put on disc, but few with the sense of excitement and physicality that this one generates. From the first moments of the opening Veni Creator Spiritus hymn, to the final orchestral outburst...Tennstedt maintains the performance on a knife-edge of excitement” The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

“Even in the hour-long second movement, Tennstedt sustains such a high level of concentration and intensity that the attention is riveted throughout, culminating in a ecstatic peroration that overwhelms the senses...[His] probing energy and profound wisdom prove a winning combination in this epic trailblazer.” Classic FM Magazine, May 2011 ****

“As always, Tennstedt gives an impression of living by the skin of his teeth, but with a flexibility and freedom of expression that consistently draw sustenance from roots of the music...The whole opening hymn blazes with urgency...every performer's possession by the music is never in doubt...the exhilaration and spiritual reach of the performance are immense.” International Record Review, April 2011

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Orchestral

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2011

LPO - LPO0052

(CD - 2 discs)

$16.50

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