Gergiev's Mahler

Mahler: Symphony No 8

LSO0669 SACD

Mahler Symphony No 8

Mahler Symphony No 8

Valery Gergiev conductor

Outstanding Recording International Record Review
'magnetic and compelling’ The Scotsman

Mahler’s monumental Eighth Symphony is, unusually for a symphony, structured in two-parts. Part I’s exuberant hymn of praise to the creator spirit precedes a reading of the Final Scene from Goethe’s Faust, portraying “Faust’s redemption through wisdom and love”. The use of choirs throughout the work, combined with the colossal forces of eight soloists, off-stage brass, and an expanded orchestra, make this a work of epic proportions.

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Outstanding Recording International Record Review

'magnetic and compelling ... Brilliantly and subtly animated choral singing injects a sense of bleak mystery and awe. It’s the kind of performance you instantly wish you had witnessed, but this vivid and momentous recording takes you 99 per cent of the way there’ The Scotsman

'Mahler’s mightiest symphony, with its huge orchestral forces and massive choral utterances, emerges with all the overwhelming sonic power the score demands ... its potent blend of spirituality and theatricality makes it a powerful contender for top honors amid a crowded field’ Chicago Tribune

Artists

Viktoria Yastrebova soprano

Ailish Tynan soprano

Lyudmila Dudinova soprano

Lilli Paasikivi mezzo-soprano

Zlata Bulycheva mezzo-soprano

Sergey Semishkur tenor

Alexey Markov baritone

Evgeny Nikitin bass

London Symphony Chorus

The Choral Arts Society of Washington

The Choir of Eltham College
London Symphony Orchestra 

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

Recorded July 2008, St Pauls Catherdral, London
A high resolution PCM recording

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch

SACD - compatible with all CD players
Catalogue number - LSO0669
UPC - 822231166924

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