Vasily Petrenko Conductor Sarah Wegener Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner Soprano Jennifer JohnstonMezzo-soprano Hilary Summers Alto Vincent Wolfsteiner Tenor Michael Nagy Baritone Shenyang Bass Philharmonia Chorus Bournemouth Symphony Chorus City of London Choir The Temple Church Choir Tiffin Boys' Choir
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 onstage at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall by a stellar line-up of soloists, massed 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.
* Please note, this concert has been rescheduled from 18 October 2020 due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir will no longer be able to participate in this rescheduled date (as originally advertised) due to other performance commitments.