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Mahler / Symphonie des mille

Orchestre de Paris - Daniel Harding

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Erin WallErin Wall © Tara McMullen

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Tuesday, 22 December 2020 — 8:30pm
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 — 8:30pm
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie


  • Gustav Mahler
    Symphonie n° 8 "Symphonie des mille"


  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris
  • Choeur d'enfants de l'Orchestre de Paris
  • Jeune Choeur de Paris
  • Chœur d'enfants des filières voix des Conservatoires de Paris
  • Daniel Harding, conducting
  • Erin Wall, soprano
  • Johanni van Oostrum, soprano
  • Siobhan Stagg, soprano
  • Jamie Barton, viola
  • Marina Prudenskaya, viola
  • Andrew Staples, tenor
  • Christopher Maltman, baritone
  • Shenyang, bass
  • Lionel Sow, choirmaster
  • Marc Korovitch, choirmaster
By virtue of its aesthetic ambition, its enormous scale, and its humanist and spiritual scope, Mahler's Eighth, dubbed ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ for the huge instrumental and vocal corps it requires, is like no other work in the orchestral repertoire. Its premiere in Munich in 1910 was the high point of Mahler’s career: Thomas Mann was in attendance, along with a host of intellectuals who lavished praise on the score. 

The first part centres around the hymn ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’ and the second, based on the final scene of Goethe’s Second Faust, is the longest movement ever composed by Mahler: an immense succession of choruses, soloist moments and orchestral interludes filled with mystery, a series of ‘chapters’ leading to the grand finale.