Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. The composer himself regarded it as his opus summum, and an incredible number of participants at the hugely successful Munich première in 1910 earned it the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”. At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival, Riccardo Chailly commanded almost 500 musicians, and the overwhelming result of their joint effort inspired the Leipzig-based andRead more internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting for the cover of this release.
Recorded live at Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, 26-27 May 2011.
Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German & Latin (original sung texts), German, English, French
Running time: 92 mins
No. of Discs: 1 (BD25) Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand"by Gustav Mahler Performer:
Christiane Oelze (Soprano),
Ricarda Merbeth (Soprano),
Lioba Braun (Alto),
Erika Sunnegardh (Soprano),
Dietrich Henschel (Baritone),
Gerhild Romberger (Alto),
Stephen Gould (Tenor),
Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,
Leipzig Gewandhaus Children's Choir,
Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Wonderful performance; mediocre visualsApril 5, 2012By Louis P. (Kensington, MD)See All My Reviews"Outstanding, inspirational performance from Chailly and the LGO. Multi-channel sound in superb. Soloists range from good to excellent and the chorus is the best in the Faust scenes since Kubelik in Munich. The Blu-Ray definition and clarity of the visuals are impressive, but don't add much to the experience. Two problems with the format and video: first is that it does not take any advantage of the extras that Blu-ray can provide (alternate camera views, supporting materials and documents, etc); second and more annoying is that the video director is addicted to closeup shots and can't hold a camera angle for very long. The constant shifting of camera attention is worse than distracting. I found it hard to watch. (Blu-ray format might have solved this by providing alternate camera angles.)"Report Abuse
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