Vladimir Jurowski – Jurowski Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Jurowski – Jurowski Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (2021)
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The world premiere of Mahler’s colossal Eighth Symphony, in Munich in September 1910, was the greatest success of his life. Ten years earlier, his then future wife, Alma, had received this blunt verdict from her step-father, the painter Carl Moll: ‘Mahler? Great conductor. Also composes – but it’s no good.’ Until 1910, many would have shared Moll’s doubts about Mahler as a composer; but with the premiere of the Eighth Symphony all that changed. Mahler’s PR man, the wily and brilliantly theatrical impresario Emil Gutmann, did a superb job. It was Gutmann who coined the eye-catching nickname ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, to Mahler’s initial horror – though he relented somewhat when he saw how much interest Gutmann had stirred up. Munich’s colossal new Music Festival Hall was sold out, twice. (Gutmann insisted on two performances.) The audiences included a dazzling array of A-list names from the musical and literary worlds, and there were representatives of several European royal houses. The first performance, under Mahler’s own direction, was, for once, well prepared, and the response was sensational, from the audience in the hall, and afterwards in the press. In a sense, however, Mahler had done a lot of Gutmann’s work for him. …

Munich, September 1910. A tidalwave is flooding the world of music. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major has just premiered, conducted by the composer himself. This monumental symphony was a triumph in terms of its duration and the number of performers involved. Mahler’s impresario, Emil Gutmann, used the term “Symphony of a Thousand” for promotional purposes, much to the composer’s displeasure. It was an inspired turn of phrase though, which has persisted to the present day.

The two-part work uses two forms of writing which differ in every respect: the Veni Creator Spiritus, a ninth-century Latin poem probably written by the monk Raban Maur, and the ending of Goethe’s Faust. However, an impression of great coherence emerges from the whole: the two texts each evoke ideas of transcendence, but an incarnate, earthly transcendence, accessible to Man.

This production brings together the London Philharmonic with three impressively uniform vocal ensembles (the London Symphony Chorus, the Clare College – Cambridge Choir and the Tiffin Boy’s Choir). – Pierre Lamy

1. Vladimir Jurowski – Part I: Veni, Creator Spiritus
2. Vladimir Jurowski – Part I: Imple superna Gratia
3. Vladimir Jurowski – Part I: Infirma nostri corporis
4. Vladimir Jurowski – Part I: Tempo I: Allegro, etwas hastig
6. Vladimir Jurowski – Part I: Accende lumen sensibus
7. Vladimir Jurowski – Part I: Qui Paraclitus diceris
8. Vladimir Jurowski – Part I: Gloria Patri Domino
9. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Poco adagio
10. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Piu mosso: Allegro moderato
11. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Waldung, sie schwankt heran
12. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Ewiger Wonnebrand
13. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu F”ussen
14. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Gerettet ist das edle Glied – H”ande verschlinget euch
15. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Jene Rosen aus den H”anden
16. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest
17. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Ich sp”ur’ soeben – Hier ist die Aussicht frei – Freudig empfangen wir
18. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: H”ochste Herrscherin der Welt!
19. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Dir, der Unber”uhrbaren – Du schwebst zu H”ohen der ewigen Reiche
20. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Bei der Liebe, die den F”ussen
21. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Bei dem Bronn, zu dem schon weiland
22. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Bei dem hochgeweihten Orte
23. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
24. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Er “uberw”achst uns schon – Vom edlen Geisterchor umgeben
25. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Komm! Hebe dich zu h”ohern Sph”aren! – Blicket auf zum Retterblick, alle reuig Zarten
26. Vladimir Jurowski – Part II: Alles Verg”angliche ist nur ein Gleichnis