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Mahler 8

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

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  1. Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

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Instrumentation

  • Catherine Foster, soprano I
  • Heidi Melton, soprano II
  • Sunhae Im, soprano III
  • Janina Baechle, alto
  • Kelley O Connor, alto II
  • Robert Dean Smith, tenor
  • Jochen Schmeckenbecher, baritone
  • Georg Zeppenfeld, bass
  • Wiener Singverein, choir
  • Johannes Prinz, choir master
  • Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor, choir
  • Jozef Charbon, choir master
  • Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen, choir
  • Elisabeth Ziegler, choir master
  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor

Programmes

«Imagine the universe began to make tones and sounds. No longer human voices, but planets and suns in their orbits»: this is how Gustav Mahler described his Eighth Symphony, which he regarded as his greatest, most significant work – not only on account of the unprecedented extravagance of its eight solo voices, two mixed choirs, children’s choir, large orchestra and organ, but also because of the content, which similarly reached for the stars. The medieval Whitsun hymn «Veni, creator spiritus» and the ending of Goethe’s «Faust II» combine into an overwhelming celebration of sheer creativity. When Leonard Bernstein died in 1990, he left his last great Mahler cycle unfinished. It was this very «Symphony of a Thousand» that he was prevented from re-recording. Now the Tonkunstler’s previous Music Director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, returns to the lectern and has secured outstanding soloists and choirs as companions in this monumental adventure.

Johannes Prinz

Johannes Prinz

Biography

Johannes Prinz, Artistic Director of the Vienna Singverein and the Vienna Chamber Choir, and Professor for Choral Conducting at the University for Music in Graz, was born into a family of teachers in Graz and grew up in a musical environment. Prinz moved to Vienna in order to pursue his musical education, and counted among his teachers Ferdinand Grossmann – the legendary director of the Vienna Boys Choir – and Erwin Ortner. Prinz completed his studies in Music Education and his training as a teacher of singing with distinction. Alongside this, he studied Conducting and sang in the ORF (Austrian Television and Radio) Choir and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, in which latter he was soon gaining valuable experience as assistant conductor.

From 1982 onwards, Johannes Prinz conducted the choir of the Vienna University of Economics, which, under its abbreviated name, the W.U. Choir, advanced under Prinz’s direction to become one of the leading vocal ensembles in Austria. Up until 1998, Prinz also directed the Chamber Choir of the Vienna Music College. In 1991, he took up the baton as conductor of the Vienna Singverein, joining at a moment when the choir’s reputation for excellence was at a peak. Prinz has additional been conductor of the Vienna Chamber Choir since 1995.

Johannes Prinz has been able to pass on his pedagogic skills and his experience of directing choirs at the Vocal Week in Wolfsberg – which he founded himself – and, since 1985, at the University for Music and Arts in Vienna. Today, Johannes Prinz is University Professor for choral conducting at the University for Music in Graz.

Correct as of

2004

Participations

Mahler 8

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Mahler 8

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Mahler 8

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Mahler 8

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major for eight Soloists, Boy's Choir, two Mixed Choirs and Large Orchestra

Movements

  • 1. Teil Hymnus: Veni, Creator Spiritus

  • 2. Teil Schlußszene aus «Faust»

Duration

90 Min.