A Universe of Sound: Recording Mahler's Symphony No. 8





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Published on Jul 29, 2009

Mahler's immense creation—featuring hundreds of musicians, three choruses, and soloists—is a symphony so epic in scope that it has been dubbed the "Symphony of A Thousand." Mahler's Eighth—a tale of damnation and salvation—is quintessentially a romantic work, but it owes a great debt to the towering Baroque choral works of J.S. Bach. The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas are joined by a powerhouse of talent including sopranos Erin Wall, Elza van den Heever, and Laura Claycomb, mezzo-sopranos Katarina Karnéus and Yvonne Naef, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, baritone Quinn Kelsey, and bass-baritone James Morris. Also featured are the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, and San Francisco Girls Chorus. To learn more please visit http://www.sfsymphony.org

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    • "Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major: Part I - IV. Gloria Patri Domino" by Erin Wall, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karnéus, Yvonne Naef, Anthony Dean Griffey, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris Listen ad-free with YouTube Red

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Colin Rose
its a shame there are no plans to release a dvd of this!! i love watching MTT conduct. i have the audio recording and it is fantastic!
Heard this piece live in Cincinnati in May, it keeps the audience spellbound. This is more proof that MTT is a great Mahlerian, and a great conductor!
1:04-as a trumpet player I must say- the glory horn cant sound much better than that. wow 
B Davis
As a writing, it's over the top even for Mahler. He almost caricatures himself with it. I don't mean that negatively, I'm enthralled with the work every time I hear it, like any Mahler fan is of any of his symphonies. It's cartoonish in places, but it's Mahler so it's so well done and thrilling, you give him a pass on that.
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San Francisco Symphony
hello Zakster44, There are no plans to release Mahler 8 on DVD, we only shot this Promo video, not the entire concert. Glad you enjoyed it and hope you like the recording.
San Francisco Symphony
Yes, recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall over four concerts, using the mighty Ruffati Organ, the largest concert hall rgan in north america. Quite an experience.
Robert Vincelette
I had difficulty in perceiving the wit and humor in something so overwhelming in its power, but then I did not laugh at the Prophet Mel Brooks account of Moses receiving the Fifteen Commandments and stumbling thereupon dropping five of them by accident. There was wit and humor in it because it could be so easily mistaken for sacrilegious humor. But the great and powerful wisdom in this "joke" teaches us that as mere mortals we must never practice the arrogant fundamentalism of pretending that we can communicate perfectly with whatever might have willed time and space and those of us who inhabit it because if we do, we become unholy religious monsters.
You should've done this with all of them. :( At least No. 3. I never saw the greatness in No. 8. I did, however, in Nos. 1, 5, 6 and 7.
@2Dawgz How did it change your life?
@sfsymphony OMG it's Erin Wall, I saw the recording of her with conducted by Eschenbach in Paris I think, with Twyla Robinson... They were the most amazing sopranos that matched together so well! Especially the High C and Bflat at Chorus Mysticus... in my opinion, the only performance of that the worked so well and what made it harder is Eschenbach's speed was way too slow! I wish I could hear that on this video, but oh well! Thanks for posting this up =)
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