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Mahler: Symphony no 8 / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw, et al

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

The premiere performance of this symphony in Munich on September 12, 1910 featured a chorus of about 850, with an orchestra of 171. These massive forces led to Mahler's agent dubbing the work 'Symphony of a Thousand.' Mahler did not approve of the title, but it has stuck. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has a long standing Mahler tradition. Mahler himself had often conducted his symphonies at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Bernard Haitink's recordings with the orchestra rank amongst the finest Mahler interpretations ever.

John Broggio, SACD Net
This yet another triumph for Pentatone's RQR series. With visionary conducting and exemplary playing and singing, this set is a treasure to listen to from both an audiophiles and a musician's perspective. As will be familiar to those of Pentatone's modern recordings, the sound balance is very natural... There is no hole in the mix either when swapping to Multi-Channel, so one must give praise and thanks to the original Philips engineers as well as to the geniuses at Polyhymnia. To sum up: for all Mahlerians, this is an essential addition to the discography.

Penguin Guide
Haitink's spacious and certainly powerfully sustained interpretation is heard as never before within the super acoustics of the Concertgebouw...The dynamic range is remarkable, and there are few recordings of any music more spectacularly compelling than the work's closing 'Hymnenartig'.



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
  • Performers: Jo Juda (Violin); Kees Wijs (Organ); Hanneke Bork; William Cochran (Tenor); Hans Sotin (Bass); Hermann Prey; Heather Harper (Soprano); Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: St. Pius X Children's Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907