Vasily Petrenko's Mahler Symphony No.8

Royal Albert Hall, London, London, United Kingdom

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00

MAHLER Symphony No.8, ‘Symphony of a Thousand’

Vasily Petrenko Conductor

Sarah Wegener Soprano 

Jacquelyn Wagner Soprano 

Regula Mühlemann Soprano 

Jennifer Johnston Mezzo-soprano

Hilary Summers Alto

Vincent Wolfsteiner Tenor

Michael Nagy Baritone

Shenyang Bass

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Philharmonia Chorus

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

City of London Choir

Tiffin Boys' Choir

The Temple Church Choir

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Even by Mahler’s standards, his Symphony No.8, nicknamed ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, is a work of immense proportions. Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) Music Director Designate, is joined on stage at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, eight soloists, three choruses, two children’s choirs and an organ, for what promises to be a titanic performance of this rarely heard masterpiece. Written in two halves, Part I employs the text of a 9th century hymn ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’ (‘Come Creator Spirit’), and Part II – inspired by the final scene of Goethe’s Faust – sees Faust’s soul rescued from the clutches of the Devil, then ascend to Heaven in a blaze of glory.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet.

United Kingdom
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP