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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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BirminghamMahler’s Symphony of a Thousand

© Andrew Fox
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Erin Wall; Natalya Romaniw; Katja Stuber; Alice Coote

AmsterdamMahler Festival: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester & Daniel Harding

© Hans van der Woerd
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester; Peter Dijkstra; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); Daniel Harding

Munich6. Akademiekonzert

6. Akademiekonzert
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Bayerisches Staatsorchester; Kirill Petrenko; Erin Wall; Elza van den Heever; Caroline Wettergreen; Jennifer Johnston

ViennaMahler 8

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Johannes Prinz; Camilla Nylund; Iréne Theorin; Martina Janková; Dame Sarah Connolly

San FranciscoMTT & Mahler: Symphony of a Thousand

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas; San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Ragnar Bohlin
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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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Prom 11: A Mahlerian leaving party

Morris Robinson, Quinn Kelsey and Thomas Søndergård © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Thomas Søndergård’s final performance as chief of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales sees them pull off Mahler 8 in style.
****1
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