MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand" (Bernstein)

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand" (Bernstein)


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Soloist: Moser, Edda

Mahler, Gustav - Composer
Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, "Symphony of a Thousand"

Venue: Konzerthaus Vienna
Date of Concert: 1975
Playing Time: 01:26:16
Television Director: Burton, Humphrey
Catalogue Number: A05005353

Leonard Bernstein conducted the work at the Salzburg Festival in 1975 and shortly thereafter in Vienna's Konzerthaus, where it was recorded. The stage of the Konzerthaus was enlarged to make room for the unusually large orchestra, the two choruses, the children's choir and the soloists.

Bernstein was the first conductor ever to record all of Mahler's symphonies not only on disk, but also on video. The Mahler cycle was the first project in the more than 20-year-long association between Leonard Bernstein and Unitel. The leading Mahler interpreter of our time, Bernstein recorded all of Mahler's symphonies between 1971 and 1985, chiefly with the Vienna Philharmonic, producing a unique musical document and triggering a major reappreciation of Mahler's works. "All Mahler symphonies, all Mahler works for that matter, deal in extremes, extremes of dynamic, of tempo, of emotional meaning. When it is bare, it's extremely bare, when it is thick and rich, it's thicker and richer than anything in Götterdämmerung, and when it is suffering it suffers to a point that no music has ever suffered before" (Leonard Bernstein).

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