Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

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Austrian composer Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major was premiered in 1910. Its admirers hail the piece as one of the greatest musical works of all time. Due to the large number of singers, some classify it as a cantata. As the composer wrote to the legendary conductor Willem Mengelberg, "All my other symphonies have been merely preludes to this one. The other symphonies are filled with individual tragedy - but this one flows with nothing but joy. (…) It is the most magnificent of anything I have yet written. The work is so unique in terms of content and form that it is impossible to speak of it. It seems as if the entire universe begins to sound and ring. It is not just human voices singing, but the planets rotating and the sun…” And it is worth noting how Mahler closed these lines to Mengelberg: "I shall tell you the rest in person.”

Program and cast

Conductor:

Riccardo Frizza

Featuring:

soprano

Csilla Boros, Kinga Kriszta, Ágnes Molnár

alto

Szilvia Vörös, Atala Schöck

tenor

Boldizsár László

baritone

Levente Molnár

bass

Simon Lim

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)

Hungarian Radio Children's Choir (choirmaster: Soma Dinyés)

Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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