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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Chailly, Sunnegardh, Merberth [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mahler's Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written, nicknamed his opus summum and the 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 and internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting reproduced on the cover of this DVD.

The present DVDs preserve the opening and closing nights of the Leipzig's high-powered, multi-orchestra International Mahler Festival held last May. ... the clarity, range and depth of sound, allied to the exceptional quality of the singing and playing, are certain to impress.

Classical Net
The performances on these two Accentus Blu-ray DVDs are highly detailed in excellent sound and with splendid singing, and are competitive with most of the better efforts ... the sound on both recordings is vivid, and the camera work is excellent.

...the Mahler Symphony No. 8 is generally considered to be the high water mark in the Mahlerian catalog. This is, to my knowledge, the premier BD entry in the field and, as such, has the inherent advantages of high definition sight and sound not available to its DVD competitors. Conductor Chailly and his stalwart band of musicians turn in a powerful statement of this difficult work. The solo vocal efforts range from competent with tenor Gould sounding a bit stressed in comparison with his colleagues, to sublime, soprano Christiane Oelze. The mixed choruses turn in commendable performances. For those acquainted with this work, the BD will provide a moving experience, while newcomers will get the equivalent of a musical shot to the solar plexus from final section with all assembled forces performing at once. If not the last word on this piece, and perhaps there will never be one, this Mahler Symphony No. 8 provides a welcome addition to the classical BD library.

dream concerts

quite the most immaculate performance I have ever experienced.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 92 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio
Subtitles: Latin, German, English, French


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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
  • Performers: Lioba Braun (Alto); Stephen Gould (Tenor); Dietrich Henschel (Baritone); Ricarda Merbeth (Soprano); Christiane Oelze (Soprano); Gerhild Romberger (Alto); Erika Sunnegardh (Soprano); Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907