It was an inspired a Mahler performance as Tennstedt has ever conducted, with an inevitability, a sense of spiritual grandeur and adventure, that renewed all ones youthful faith in a work which one feared might have lost its power, thrill and surprise for ever. --Daily Telegraph on the recorded live performance of Mahler Symphony No. 8 in 1991.
If there was ever any doubt that Klaus Tennstedt was a conductor for whom the recording studio was rather a confining space,and whose inspirational qualities blossomed in the freedom of the concert hall,this account of Mahler's eighth,one of the three symphonies that Tennstedt conducted at the Royal festival Hall in January 1991,shows him at his finest. ***** --The Guardian,04/03/11
Tennstedt's probing energy and profound wisdom prove a winning combination in this epic trailblazer. **** --Classic fm Magazine,May'11
Twenty years on,this remarkable event continues to resound as one of the most inspirational half-dozen musical experiences of my life. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Apr'11
An overwhelming 'symphony of a Thousand' from a natural Mahlerian. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone,June'11
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir - Eton College Boys' Choir - London Symphony Chorus - Klaus Tennstedt, direction