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Symphony No. 8 is Mahler’s most monumental symphony, for it is itself a combination of two enormous choral cantatas; in it, Mahler brings together “Veni, creator spiritus”, the old Pentecostal hymn of Hrabanus Maurus, with Goethe’s Faust II. The two texts could hardly be more dissimilar, which is why the music also makes very different demands on the listener in the two respective parts. The first part of the Symphony is complete in itself; the ecstatic enthusiasm of the hymn alternates with intimate passages, then leading back to the opening hymn-like character at the end. The second part, a setting of the Faust text, is not only two-and-a-half times as long as the first but also far more complex. Goethe’s esoteric poetry allows Mahler to ascend into ever higher spheres.
Name: Mahler
  Symphony No. 8

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ComposerOpusMusicKey Performer
Mahler, Gustav   Symphony No. 8   Mathis, Edith, soprano
Arroyo, Martina, soprano
Spoorenberg, Erna, soprano
Hamari, Julia, alto
Procter, Norma, alto
Grobe, Donald, tenor
Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich, baritone
Crass, Franz, bass
Kraus, Eberhard, organ
Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rafael Kubelik
Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks
Chor des Westdeutschen Rundfunks
Regensburger Domspatzen
Münchner MotettenChor

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