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Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001735409  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony OrchestraLos Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Mr. Dudamel, the Venezuelan conductor, has said that he dreamed of leading all of Mahler’s symphonies to commemorate the centennial of the composer’s death. Early this year he did so, both in Los Angeles and in his native Caracas, with his two orchestras, the Simón Bolívar Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In February, in Caracas, Mr. Dudamel conducted an excellent rendition of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (“Symphony of a Thousand”), featuring a fine partnership of orchestras and a variable lineup of soloists, recorded live in the Teresa Carreño Theater. Of particular note is the huge choir, which included some
Read more 1,200 children from Venezuela’s remarkable system of youth choruses.

-- Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times [11/20/2012]


This could well be the most ambitious recording of any Mahler symphony - ever!

• A once-in-a-generation classical event and an unforgettable night for the city of Caracas.

• This truly unique account of Mahlers most extraordinary symphony is part of Gustavo Dudamels planned Mahler cycle, this time featuring BOTH orchestras with which he is most closely associated - the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela - as well as immense vocal forces including a massed choir of young Venezuelan voices and a lineup of international soloists.

• This stupendous, historic collaboration in Caracas cements the friendship and bond between the LA Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, who have both played acclaimed Mahler concerts with Maestro Dudamel in the US and in Venezuela.

• The performance was seen in hundreds of theaters in the United States and Canada, as well as those in Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. In Venezuela, it aired on the state television channel, Tves, to mass audiences.

• This special DVD will be released to coincide with the Opening Concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra season in September 2012.

• Extra Material: 17 minutes documentary on the DVD which gives a unique insight into this world-beating Mahler recording.
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Monumental ! January 31, 2013 By William H. (Courtenay , BC) See All My Reviews "Wow, what a recording !Combined forces of the L.A. Philharmonic and the Venuzuelan Philharmonic plus the hugest symphonic choir that I've ever seen or heard add up to a true winner on this DVD.I'm no expert on this Mahler piece, although I've heard a few CD recordings of it,left me deeply moved. I'm sure Mahler himself had something like this in mind when he started out on this monumental endeavor. What a mind he had to contemplate such a work!The choir(s),mostly Venuzuelans I presume, is magnificent, including a host of youngsters who do themselves proud singing difficult music vocal parts.La Sistema should be proud of this effort. I'm sure there are going to be some critics that will pan it but this gigantic piece I find is terrific.Good sound,good video too." Report Abuse
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