- Ricarda Merbeth (Soprano)
- Lioba Braun (Alto)
- Dietrich Henschel (Baritone)
- Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
- Gerhild Romberger (Alto)
- Erika Sunnegardh (Soprano)
- Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass)
- Stephen Gould (Tenor)
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.
BBC Music Magazine
Chailly makes you realise how orchestral soloists have to sing
... you will not find another recording of Symphony of a Thousand with soloists superior to those heard here. And the performances are outstanding in every way - brilliant orchestral playing under Chailly's benevolent leadership, and expert choruses. If you love Mahler's music you must get these videos. Camera work is just about perfect... Audio is excellent, rich and wide in dynamic range, and well-balanced. Don't miss these!
quite the most immaculate performance I have ever experienced.
These are red-blooded performances. The Italian conductor has long been a respected Mahlerian, capable of welding the symphonies' huge structures and quixotic moods into a coherent musical statement...They also convey the physical thrill of the "live" experience, with Erika Sunnegardh risking all in the high soprano lines.
BBC Music Magazine
How good to see Riccardo Chailly so radiant at the end of this great event. It's an exhilaration he earns through sheer work as well as injecting the adrenalin at most of the right moments...Chailly holds the attention between movements and makes you realise how many soloists within the orchestra have to sing, too. His leader, the superb Sebastian Breuninger, assists him between blazes...Chailly's rendering leads the field on DVD.
The Arts Desk
Michael Beyer's direction on this Accentus DVD is unobtrusive in the best possible way...The clarity and force of the choral sound is remarkable, especially that of the cheerful-looking GewandhausKinderchoir. You'll reach the end of Part One spiritually transfigured...It's an overwhelmingly affirmative experience, and Chailly brings out the joy as well as the solemnity.
Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
In exchanging ceremonial pomp and adrenaline-rush for an unforced, unmannered, surprisingly lyrical approach, Chailly unearths a wealth of rarely heard contrapuntal detail and secures a rare unanimity of response. The solo singers and here purely local choral forces are on the same exalted level as his venerable band whose dark transparency and unique, late-Romantic sound are, he believes, perfect for these scores.
Run Time: 92 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Latin, German, English, French
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
- Performers: Ricarda Merbeth (Soprano); Lioba Braun (Alto); Dietrich Henschel (Baritone); Christiane Oelze (Soprano); Gerhild Romberger (Alto); Erika Sunnegardh (Soprano); Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass); Stephen Gould (Tenor)
- Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
- Ensemble: MDR Radio Choir
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1906-1907