Mariss Jansons, conductor emeritus
Christine Brewer, soprano
Camilla Nylund, soprano
Maria Espada, soprano
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Mihoko Fujimura, alto
Robert Dean Smith, tenor
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Stefan Kocán, bass
Netherlands Radio Choir
State Choir 'Latvija'
Bavarian Radio Choir
National Boys Choir
National Children's Choir
‘Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. There are no more human voices, only planets and suns revolving in their orbits,’ wrote Gustav Mahler to his friend Willem Mengelberg on 18 August 1906. The day before, he had completed the sketches of the Eighth Symphony in little more than three weeks,
and that after a very hectic season.
Recorded during the full Mahler cycle that the orchestra performed in the 2009-2011 seasons to celebrate the composer's 150 birthday and 100 anniversary of his death - Mariss Jansons's interpretation of the Eight Symphony is one more jewel in the crown of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; with a star-studded cast and excellent choral forces, this Symphony of a Thousand left a lasting impression on the audience.
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 4 and 6 March 2011
'Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra hits back. ... it is exceptional how [Jansons] managed to keep the sound transparent, even in the most intense passages. Jansons's interpretation was sublime...
Eddie Vetter, De Telegraaf
'Triumph for Jansons in Mahler 8. ...this was a performance to frame in gold, with the RCO and assembled choirs in great shape. Happily cameras and microphones witnessed this miracle.'
Peter van der Lint, Trouw
'Great Mahler by Jansons and RCO. ...the performance of Jansons and his forces was in every aspect a great and unforgettable experience. ... Jansons is a true wizard.'
Erik Voermans, Het Parool