Mahler Symphony No. 8


Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Ricardo Chailly conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the following vocal groups (1) the Chor des Bayersichen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Choir), (2) the Latvian Radio Choir, (3) the Orfeón Donostiarra (famous Spanish choir), and (4) the Tölzer Knabenchor (Tölzer Boys Choir). Also stars sopranos Ricarda Merbeth (Magna Peccatrix), Julia Banse (Una poenitentium), Anna Lucia Richter (Mater gloriosa), contralto Sara Mingardo (Mulier Samaritana), mezzo Mihoko Fujimura (Maria Aegyptiaca), tenor Andreas Schager (Doctor Marianus), baritone Peter Mattei (Pater ecstaticus), and bass-baritone Samuil Youn (Pater profundus). This was performed in the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern as Chally's first performace with the Lucern Festival Orchestra. It also completes the Lucerne Festival Orchestra cycle of all the Mahler symphonies begun by the late Claudio Abbado. Grade: NA

All these forces (358 by one count) were crammed in on the stage and rear balconies of the KKL Luzern Hall without encroaching on the audience! Produced by Paul Smaczny; directed for TV by Ute Feudel.  Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio surround sound.

Here's the official YouTube clip: