LPO–0052
© 2011 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 1991 BBC
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, 27 January 1991
Total playing time: 87:22
DDD Stereo
Released March 2011

CD: Mahler – Symphony No. 8

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

Mahler Symphony No. 8

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
Júlia Várady soprano; Magna Peccatrix
Jane Eaglen soprano; Una Poenitentium
Susan Bullock soprano; Mater Gloriosa
Trudeliese Schmidt alto; Mulier Samaritana
Jadwiga Rappé alto; Maria Aegyptiaca
Kenneth Riegel tenor; Doctor Marianus
Eike Wilm Schulte baritone; Pater Ecstaticus
Hans Sotin bass; Pater Profundus
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Eton College Boys' Choir
London Symphony Chorus
David Nolan leader
Richard Cooke, Stephen Westrop chorus masters

Mahler wrote his Eighth Symphony in the summer of 1906, a time that Mahler’s wife Alma remembered as their ‘last summer of peace and beauty and content’. Uniting the text of the hymn 'Veni, Creator Spiritus' with the final scene of Goethe’s Faust, Mahler created the gigantic musical edifice that came to be known as the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ conducted here by one of the 20th century’s greatest Mahler interpreters, Klaus Tennstedt.

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‘Tennstedt’s studio recording with the London Phil has for my money long been the finest account available, so to have this live version – so concentrated, living on its nerves – is a gift.’
James Inverne, Gramophone (Editor's Choice), June 2011

‘Klaus Tennstedt’s inspirational conducting makes this an unforgettable experience and this set will have an honoured place in my collection. We’re knee deep in Mahler recordings at the moment but this one stands out as something very special ... don’t delay in adding this extraordinary, visionary reading of the Eighth to your collection.’ (Recording of the Month)
John Quinn, MusicWeb International, September 2011

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