Archive: Mahler 8

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  • Catherine Foster, soprano (Magna Peccatrix)
  • Heidi Melton, soprano (Una poenitentium)
  • Sunhae Im, soprano (Mater gloriosa)
  • Theresa Kronthaler, alto (Mulier Samaritana)
  • Kelley O'Connor, alto (Maria Aegyptiaca)
  • Robert Dean Smith, tenor (Doctor Marianus)
  • Jochen Schmeckenbecher, baritone (Pater ecstaticus)
  • Günther Groissböck, bass (Pater profundus)
  • Wiener Singverein, choir
  • Johannes Prinz, choir master
  • Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor, choir
  • Jozef Chabroň, choir master
  • Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen, choir
  • Elisabeth Ziegler, choir master
  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor


«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.

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Gustav Mahler

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


  • 1. Teil Hymnus: Veni, Creator Spiritus

  • 2. Teil Schlußszene aus «Faust»


90 Min.