Mahler wrote his Eighth Symphony in the summer of 1906, a time that Mahler’s wife Alma remembered as their ‘last summer of peace and beauty and content’. Uniting the text of the hymn Veni, Creator Spiritus with the final scene of Goethe’s Faust, Mahler created the gigantic musical edifice that came to be known as the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ conducted here by one of the 20th century’s greatest Mahler interpreters, Klaus Tennstedt.
Shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2011 in the Orchestral Category.
KLAUS TENNSTEDT conductor JÚLIA VÁRADY soprano; Magna Peccatrix JANE EAGLEN soprano; Una Poenitentium SUSA N BULLOCK soprano (Mater Gloriosa) TRUDELIESE SCHMIDT alto; Mulier Samaritana JADWIGA RAPPÉ alto; Maria Aegyptiaca KENNETH RIEGEL tenor; Doctor Marianus EIKE WILM SCHULTE baritone; Pater Ecstaticus HANS SOTIN bass; Pater Profundus LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and CHOIR ETON COLLEGE BOYS’ CHOIR LONDON SYMPHONY CHORUS David Nolan leader Richard Cooke, Stephen Westrop chorus masters
Listen to excerpts below, including the whole of the final track of the CD.