Mahler's Symphony Nr. 8 E-Flat Major would have to be the most mammoth undertaking in symphonic history.
I have many versions of this work in all formats and love them all, but; this reading by Dudamel and his combined LA & Venezuelan forces would have to be the definitive version to date!
Not only has he assembled the largest forces to EVER to tackle this work, but has been able to bring the whole work home with exhilarating results; fresh, clean and decisive articulation. Every note down to the quietest pianissimo can actually be heard in this recording; most other recordings you cannot hear these softer passages.
The choirs, all Venezuelan handle the massive work with ease and I must make mention of the massive children's choir who perform this work from memory: NO SCORES, what so ever. How the hell they managed it is beyond me and shows just what kind of choristers they are and my hat goes off to them.
Then we come to the soloists: Eight of the most perfect voices I have ever heard. The only one I know is the alto Anna Larsson the remainder are completely unknown to me; but what voices they poses. The three sopranos are: Manuela Uhl; Juliana di Giacomo and Kiera Duffy: the two altos are Anna Larsson and Charlotte hellekant: the men are: Burkhard Fritz (tenor), Brain Mulligan (baritone), Alexander Vinogradov (bass).
Alexander would have to the youngest bass I have ever heard in part and what a magnificent powerful voice he possesses. ALL the soloists are exemplary.
The combined orchestras play with so much passion you can almost feel the music oozing from the very beings and all this held in the most capable hands of just ONE man, Gustavo Dudamel.
So!! If you like me have many recordings of Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" but NOT this one; go out and purchase it, I can tell you now, you'll never listen to your other ones again once your ears have experienced this.
Passionate, explosive, and sonically majestic don't even begin to describe it.
Do yourself a favour and experience what I felt when I played this Blu-Ray performance. You only live once and you will only witness once Mahler at his VERY, VERY best. Mahler vs Dudamel, the fight is not over until the last note resounds!
Crank the volume up, pour yourself a drink, sit back and to hell with the neighbours and be prepared to be taken on a sonic journey of a life time.
- Format: Blu-ray, Classical, DVD, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Latin, German, English, French, Spanish, Cantonese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: DG
- DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2012
- Run Time: 108 minutes
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- ASIN: B008PALI5S
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