Mahler Symphony No. 8 (2017)

Mahler

Utah Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Thierry Fischer

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony– written for a large orchestra, several soloists, and such extensive choral forces as to have earned itself the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”–was, like most of this composer’s music, the product of a furiously busy holiday. He completed the draft of the enormous work between June and August of 1906 at his summer home in Maiernigg, in Carinthia, and wrote to the conductor Willem Mengelberg: “It is the biggest thing I have done so far. Imagine that the universe begins to vibrate and to sound. These are no longer human voices but planets and sun rotating.”

 

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Utah Symphony

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in the 2015-16 season, is one of America’s major symphony orchestras and a leading cultural organization in the Intermountain West. It is recognized internationally for its distinctive performances, commitment to music education programs, and recording legacy. Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony became recognized as a leading American ensemble largely through the efforts of Maurice Abravanel, Music Director from 1947 to 1979. During his tenure, the orchestra undertook four international tours, released numerous recordings and developed an extensive music education program.
The Utah Symphony has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, at the Kennedy Center, Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Philharmonie, Schauspielhaus, Gewandhaus, Royal Festival Hall and Teatro Colón. In the 2015-16 season the orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall for a concert in honor of the Utah Symphony’s 75th anniversary. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, including most recently the Mighty 5® Tour of Southern Utah’s National Parks, it has embarked on seven international tours.
The orchestra has released more than 100 recordings and has been nominated for Grammy Awards for albums with Maestro Abravanel (Honegger’s Le Roi David, Bloch’s Sacred Service and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms) and Michael Tilson-Thomas (Copland’s Old American Songs). A pioneering cycle of Mahler Symphonies conducted by Abravanel was recorded between 1963 and 1974 and included the first commercial stereo recordings of the Seventh and Eighth Symphonies. The recordings also marked the first complete Mahler cycle recorded by an American orchestra.

Thierry Fischer

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 cyclesofMahlerin commemoration of former Utah Symphony Music Director, Maurice Abravanel, complete Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Nielsen cycles, a multi-season Stravinsky and Haydn symphony cycle and a tour of Utah’s five national parks. Mr. Fischer has also initiated a major commissioning program in Utah that has produced new works by Simon Holt, Michael Jarrell, Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas.  Mr. Fisher has guest conducted orchestras as diverse as the Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati and Detroit symphonies, the BBC Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Philharmonia (London), Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber orchestras, among others.
Mr. Fischer began his music career as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera. He made his conducting debut leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He served as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra from 2001-06 and Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic from 2008-11 (now the orchestra’s Honorary Guest Conductor), and Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 2006-2012.

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Mahler Symphony No. 8 (2017)

Mahler

Utah Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Digital Converters: Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Microphones: DPA 4006
Producer: Dirk Sobotka
Recording Engineer: John Newton
Recording location: Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Veni, creator spiritus
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Orchestra Interlude - Infirma nostri corporis
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Accende lumen sensibus
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Reprise: Veni, creator spiritus
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Gloria Patri Domino
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Poco Adagio
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Waldung, sie schwankt heran
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Ewiger Wonnebrand
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Gerettet ist das edle Glied vom B?sen
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Hier ist die Aussicht frei
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Ausserst lagsam. Adagissimo - Dir, der Unberuhrbaren
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Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
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Komm! komm! hebe dich zu hohern Spharen!
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Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
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