Mahler: Symphony No. 8 – Reference Recordings HDCD
Reference Recordings joins Utah Symphony in thanks to their 75th Anniversary Signature Sponsor, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and to Ken and Carolyn Gardner, their 75th Anniversary Mahler Cycle Sponsors, and to Jack Wheatley, their Recording Sponsor, for making this recording possible.
Thierry Fischer, Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 2009, has revitalized the orchestra with creative programming and critically acclaimed performances that have drawn consistently full houses. Highlights of his tenure include complete symphony cycles of Mahler in commemoration of former Utah Symphony Music Director, Maurice Abravanel, complete Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Nielsen cycles, a multi-season Stravinsky and Haydn symphony cycle and tours of Utah’s five national parks, state parks and national monuments in 2014 and 2017. Maestro Fischer has also initiated a major commissioning program in Utah that has produced new works by Simon Holt and Michael Jarrell, and works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas which are on Utah Symphony’s previous album Dawn to Dust (FR-719SACD).
This release is recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received more than 90 Grammy nominations and awards. Soundmirror has recorded for every major classical record label, including Reference Recordings.
On This Recording
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major
Disc One: Part I – Hymnus: Veni, Creator Spiritus
Veni, creator spiritus
Orchestra Interlude — Infirma nostri corporis
Accende lumen sensibus
Reprise: Veni, creator spiritus
Gloria Patri Domino
Disc Two: Part II – Final Scene from “Faust”
Waldung, sie schwankt heran
Gerettet ist das edle Glied vom Bösen
Hier ist die Aussicht frei
Äußerst lagsam. Adagissimo – Dir, der Unberührbaren
Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
Komm! komm! hebe dich zu höhern Sphären!
Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis