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Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, August 2017

Chailly leads an efficient and committed performance although it seldom approaches the Olympian level so often achieved by Abbado with this orchestra and in this hall. Soloists are generally excellent with soprano Anna Lucia Richter as Mater gloriosa wonderfully pure of voice in the final bars. The choruses could hardly be better. The Bavarian Radio Chorus is always superb and the Orfeón Donostiarra from the Basque region of Spain is one of the greatest amateur choruses in the world. © 2017 Musical Toronto Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, July 2017

Riccardo Chailly accentuates the dramatic character of Mahler’s Eight’s Symphony without neglecting the more emotional aspects in the second part. The performance is gripping from the first to the last bar, with choral singing of great fervour and a rich and detailed orchestral sound. © 2017 Pizzicato

Robert Benson, July 2017

Riccardo Chailly is one of today’s prime interpreters of music of Gustav Mahler. During his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he recorded all of the symphonies. Now that he leads the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, he has already made videos of most of them, many of which have been praised… This is a dedicated performance… Excellent audio and video. © 2017 Read complete review

Andrew Clements
The Guardian, June 2017

As you would expect from a handpicked band, the orchestral playing is consistently glorious. The contribution of the combined choirs is authoritative and there is a fine team of soloists, in which the soprano Juliane Banse, the contralto Sara Mingardo and the tenor Andreas Schager stand out. © 2017 The Guardian Read complete review

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