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Mahler Symphony No.8 [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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Mahlers Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. The composer himself regarded it as his opus summum, and an incredible number of participants at the hugely successful Munich première in 1910 earned it the nickname Symphony of a Thousand. At Leipzigs International Mahler Festival 2011, Riccardo Chailly commanded almost 500 musicians, and the overwhelming result of their joint effort inspired the Leipzig-based and internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting for the cover of this DVD.


This is an engulfing,enthralling experience. IRR OUTSTANDING. --IRR,Nov'11

How good to see Riccardo Chailly so radiant at the end of this great event.It's an exhilaration he earns through sheer hard work as well as injecting the adrenalin at most of the right moments.(Majority) of the singers are excellent,from two very different but keenly-projected lyric-dramatic sopranos,Erika Sunnegardh and Ricardo Merbeth,to Georg Zeppenfeld,whose bass is rock solid and expressive across a huge range.Chailly holds attention between movements and makes you realise how many soloists within the orchestra have to sing,too.His Leader,the superb Sebastian Breuninger,assists him between blazes in the most striking of chamber-musical moments.Breuninger shares the front desk of viloins in Claudio Abbado's Lucerne festival Orchestra,but this one Mahler symphony Abbado's forces have yet to tackle,and Chailly's rendering leads the field on DVD. Performance **** Picture & Sound **** BBC MUSIC DVD CHOICE --BBC Music Magzine,Christmas'11

...Chailly unearths a wealth of rarely heard contrapuntel details and secures a rare unanimity of response. Strongly recommended.EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone,Jan'12

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HASH(0x9ef5a6e4) out of 5 stars Indispensable 13 Jan. 2013
By CanadaCollector - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the finest Mahler performances on any media, caught on the wing by Accentus. That everyone performs so well is more miraculous when it is live. The soloists, orchestra, choirs: one can't single out any when all sing or play their hearts out. Anyone who can sit through Alles Vergangliche without knowing one is in the presence of something very special, both from Mahler and these interpreters, must be a dull soul indeed. Buy this; if you have only room for one music DVD, I would nominate this one.
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HASH(0x9f474618) out of 5 stars Another LGO Home Run 27 Aug. 2014
By Dr. TJ Eckelberg - Published on Amazon.com
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This too, like the 2nd, is a phenomenal production. Chailly again is at the top of his craft, and his obvious enthusiasm for the material is infecitous. It is fun to watch him in close up, as his gaze quickly shifts from one section of the orchestra to another, with almost demonic eyes, as he communicates his energy to the players who in turn deliver that energy though their playing. There are some unexpected changes in orchestral personnel that left me saying things like, "That's not the same principle trumpet..." but perhaps they run things differently there than in a typical American orchestra. I just usually expect major sectional players to remain constant. Ultimately these observations are trivial, as again the orchestra is playing with all its might, and the choruses sing with all their souls. Soloists are splendid, with the exception of the tenor, who seems unsure of himself. Granted the part is rediculously difficult, but he does seem a bit out of his league in this setting. A more confident and seasoned German tenor would have yielded more effective results. The opportunities to see Mahler 8 in person are extrememly limited, as the resources necessary to present it are exhausting to muster. This video, with a good stereo system, is surely the next best thing.
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HASH(0x9ed7899c) out of 5 stars Mahler's 8th 8 Dec. 2011
By C. P. Scillieri - Published on Amazon.com
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I do not know enough about Mahler's music intellectually. But I must admit it that when I listen to Mahler, his music grasps me entirely, be it his lieder or symphonic music. This performance is stunning, I wanted more when it was finished. Go and buy it.
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HASH(0x9f6d00a8) out of 5 stars Go to the concert hall, this DVD is ok but can't reproduce the impact of this work 11 Mar. 2012
By David Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is for the standard DVD. It is possible that the blu ray version is better but I was not that impressed with this recording. First, I think it virtually impossible to get the dynamic range and spatial characteristics of this huge work onto a recorded disk and this disk was lacking in both dynamic range and spatial sound resolution. My response to hearing this work in a concert hall was much different -- to use the phrase, "I was blown away." Second I was really bothered by the scene choices of the video director. Whomever it was spent much too much time on close ups. The insides of a soloist's mouth when singing full out, or the sweat and plastered hair on the conductor's forehead would not be my first choice of images, yet variations of those seemed to be the re-occuring shots chosen. Also the scenes shown were of very short duration -- often just a few seconds before there was cut to something else -- I found this distracting and disorienting. I may have enjoyed the program more if I had turned the video off but then I would not have been able to read the sub titles.
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