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Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 8 / Markus Stenz, Guerzenich Orchestra Cologne

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

ClassicalCDReview.com
Markus Stenz continues his Mahler symphony cycle with this superlative performance of Symphony No. 8... All of the soloists are just about perfect, the chorus and orchestra are top-notch, and Stenz shows he is an ideal interpreter of Mahler. The ending of the second movement is appropriately paced - so many conductors rush this magnificent music. Sonically, this Mahler Eight is a blockbuster, well-balanced, blazing brass, warm hall sound, and an organ that will test your subwoofers. Don't miss this one.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
This is a good demonstration of why we need SACDs. The sound simply became fuller, richer, and more ravishing. If any piece of music benefits from the SACD format, it's this symphony. He just paces the music superbly, elicits superb playing and singing from his forces, and lets Mahler do all the heavy lifting. He begins the 'Veni Creator' hymn of the first movement with plenty of energy and keeps the line firm all through the movement until the big rush of excitement. He builds it dramatically and organically to the release of those exciting final pages. Of course, the Chicago Symphony and Solti give us more visceral excitement and spectacular analog sound (Decca - probably my "desert island" Mahler Eighth), and the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chailly (Decca also) give us vibrant colors and soaring lyricism. Stenz is an excellent choice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cybele AV Studio Duesseldorf (09/23/2011-09/27/2011).



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
  • Performers: Petra Lang (Mezzo-Soprano); Barbara Haveman; Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Christiane Oelze (Soprano); Brandon Jovanovich (Tenor); Anna Palimina; Günther Groissböck; Orla Boylan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Ensemble: Guerzenich Orchester Koeln
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907