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Work: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"

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ComposerMahler, Gustav (1860-1911)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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ParisHarding conducts Mahler's Eighth

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Orchestre de Paris; Daniel Harding; Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris; Chœur d'enfants de l'Orchestre de Paris; Le jeune choeur de Paris; Chœur d'enfants des filières voix des Conservatoires de Paris
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Mirga's Mahler: the Symphony of a Thousand in Birmingham

The CBSO performs Mahler's Symphony no. 8 at Birmingham Symphony Hall © Andrew Fox
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla approached the Eighth with a clear vision of the music’s structure and a plan to free the life that teems beneath its mighty vaults.
****1
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Impassioned Atlanta Mahler 8 strives to achieve balance

Robert Spano © Angela Morriss
Spano marshaled the vast forces with sensitive balance in many moments. But the difficulty of achieving a proper blend amidst the thick timbral texture prevented the performance from reaching transcendence.
***11
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Kitschy, bombastic, virtuosic: the LA Phil and Dudamel’s Mahler 8

Gustavo Dudamel © Vern Evans
Mahler's Eighth was the composer’s “gift to the nation”; Dudamel’s performance was a gift to Los Angeles. 
*****
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Albrecht’s Mahler 8 is a fierce struggle for redemption

Marc Albrecht © Marco Borggreve
Leading five choirs, fine soloists and a glowing Netherlands Philharmonic, conductor Marc Albrecht emphasised the human struggle in a highly dramatic performance of Mahler’s mammoth eighth symphony.
*****
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Wonderful choral singing in Edinburgh's Mahler 8

Daniel Harding © Aly Wright
A superb choral performance and some memorable solo moments bring Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" to life, even if the sheer energy of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra turns frantic at times.
***11
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