Mahler: Symphony No 8
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A once-in-a-generation classical event and an unforgettable night for the city of Caracas.
This truly unique account of Mahlers most extraordinary symphony is part of Gustavo Dudamels planned Mahler cycle, this time featuring BOTH orchestras with which he is most closely associated - the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela - as well as immense vocal forces including a massed choir of young Venezuelan voices and a lineup of international soloists.
This stupendous, historic collaboration in Caracas cements the friendship and bond between the LA Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, who have both played acclaimed Mahler concerts with Maestro Dudamel in the US and in Venezuela.
The performance was seen in hundreds of theaters in the United States and Canada, as well as those in Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. In Venezuela, it aired on the state television channel, Tves, to mass audiences.
This special DVD and Blu-Ray will be released to coincide with the Opening Concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra season in September 2012.
Extra Material: 17 minutes documentary on the DVD and Blu-Ray which gives a unique insight into this world-beating Mahler recording.
Top Customer Reviews
A previous reviewer suggested that Dudamel should have striven for a more detailed and clearer performance. But we already have two DVD's of Mahler 8 that do just that: Bernstein/V.P.O./DG (combined with an equally fine Mahler 7) and, more sharply focused yet, Chailly/Gewandhaus Orch./Accentus from the 2011 Leipzig Mahlerfest. That's not to mention a whole slough of very fine and very detailed CD recordings of the work. Just going by Deutsche Grammophon alone, the Boulez M8 is exceedingly clear and detailed (as one would expect). So then, if we lose some detail and clarity with the greater numbers, what do we gain in return?
For starters, the children's chorus is much, much stronger than what we usually hear. For example, "Jene Rosen, aus den Haenden" (track 16), as well as "Er uberwaechst uns schon" (track 23) - a passage that is nearly always embarrassingly 'too wimpy' sounding. These two passages are truly improved by the greater numbers. The very start of "Alles vergaengliche" (the final track) is a bit louder than what we're generally used to hearing, but that first entrance is also far better supported from the low voices - baritones and bass/baritones in particular.Read more ›
While I am not a member of the Dudamel "cult", I do find that most of his interpretations sound newly-minted. He gets from his conjoined orchestras the same committed and beautiful playing as on his recent "Eroica". Dudamel often captures the true Mahler sound. Part One ends with an enormous rush of elation, and he brings Part Two to a satisfying conclusion. There are places which could have relaxed more, but on the whole the Solti-like fast tempos help hold the work together. Although the organ is barely audible, the sound is otherwise quite good, and the camera work is fine. There is an inoffensive "behind the scenes" documentary included. This DVD should give much pleasure.
Dudamel has assembled more than 1000 participants: Mahler's dream is finally realized in our time. The rehearsals must have been grueling. As it turns out, the recording of these two orchestras combined into one big happy band, the very fine (perhaps not altogether outstanding) soloists and the army of choristers - no small feat indeed - is surprisingly clear, though certainly not lean. Video is very good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More than a thousand performers in the "Symphony of a Thousand," this Blu-ray disc is the next best substitute for a live concert. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dienyih Chen
Bad recording has ruined an otherwise spectacular performance.
Using surround sound? Get ready for the sound of "creaking" chairs in both surround channels,... Read more
Excellent recording of Mahler's 8.symphony wonderful chorus well conducted by Gustavo Dudamel!Published 11 months ago by Eva Vencl
There is something to be said for the great sound of the 8th that comes sweeping from this Blu-ray and the drama of the video. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dr. J. J. Kregarman
I find Dudamel's interpretation of Mahler's music one of the best. This particular recording, if not perfect in all senses is in my opinion absolutely impressing.Published 13 months ago by Alvaro Gomez Santana
Arrived fast and in perfect condition. Nice recording. The so called "symphony of a thousand" seems to be true with this production.Published 13 months ago by Tom