Mahler: Symphony No. 8 »Symphony of a Thousand«

VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
SIMONE SCHNEIDER, soprano
JACQUELYN WAGNER, soprano
REGULA MÜHLEMANN, soprano
KATHARINA MAGIERA, mezzo soprano
CLAUDIA MAHNKE, mezzo soprano
SIMON O’NEILL, tenor
MICHAEL NAGY, baritone
EVGENY NIKITIN, bass
AUGSBURGER DOMSINGKNABEN
ORFEON DONOSTIARRA
PHILHARMONISCHER CHOR MÜNCHEN
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

 

Hardly any other concert marks the city of Munich's musical history as strikingly as the premiere of Gustav Mahler's 8th symphony, the »Symphony of a Thousand«, which struck real waves of enthusiasm within the city’s cultural scene, and beyond. It marked a memorable triumph for the composer, whose works had regularly been performed in Munich since 1896. Mahler felt his art form was understood by the people of Munich.

Moreover, Gustav Mahler and the Münchner Philharmoniker share a very special connection. As a composer he sustainably linked the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. The just discussed monumental world premiere of his Symphony No. 8 took place under his baton on 12 September 1910 in Munich with the present-day Münchner Philharmoniker. His works have been a substantial part of the Münchner Philharmoniker's core repertoire ever since and the orchestra has excelled on many occasions.

It therefore comes as no surprise that the Münchner Philharmoniker brought this very repertoire to performance on numerous occasions during their 2018/2019 125 years anniversary season, one of which marks this recording: a concert at the Philharmonie de Paris in February 2019.

In the symphony's two highly contrasting parts in text as well as composition, Mahler brings the setting of the Latin 9th century Christian hymn for Pentecost »Veni, creator spiritus« in conjunction with the closing scene of Goethe's »Faust II«: creating a syncretism of two different understandings of the world as it is, with the common theme of redemption through love.

 

RECORDING DATE: 17 February 2019
LOCATION: Philharmonie de Paris
PRODUCER (CD Release): Johannes Müller
PRODUCER (Live Transmission): Daniel Zalay
BALANCE ENGINEER: Stéphane Foulon
RECORDING ASSISTANT: Phuong-Mai Tran
REMIXING ENGINEER: Dominik Streicher
EDITING ENGINEER: Johannes Müller
MASTERING ENGINEER: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker