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Guy Weatherall
Classical Music, September 2019

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand" (Merbeth, Mattei, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20390
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand" (Merbeth, Mattei, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10390

Tempi here are broadly similar to the conductor’s Leipzig DVD of the same piece for the same label, filmed five years previously. However, while the earlier performance seemed episodic and slightly pedestrian, this one teems with life. Perhaps this is down to the unique, temporal make-up of the orchestra; perhaps the sense of occasion, dedicated as it was to the memory of Claudio Abbado and neatly completing the older conductor’s compelling cycle. With fine solo singing and choral contributions, and excellent presentation and sound, this is worth watching. © 2019 Classical Music

David Gutman
Gramophone, October 2017

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand” (Merbeth, Mattei, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20390
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ (Merbeth, Mattei, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10390

There are several distinguished accounts of this symphony in audiovisual format to which Riccardo Chailly now adds another, a souvenir of a great occasion in a fine but not overlarge venue. While there’s been no great interpretative change of direction since his previously immortalised Leipzig concerts of 2011, the subtler treatment of certain passages can perhaps be construed as a ‘tribute to Claudio’. In August 2016 Abbado’s final, unfinished Mahler cycle was, in effect, completed by this performance, simultaneously inaugurating a new era as Chailly succeeded his friend and colleague as music director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Peter Mattei’s Pater Ecstaticus, a little flat on arrival, quickly finds his very best form. Samuel Youn’s Pater Profundus is passionate… Tenor Andreas Schager is indubitably ardent as Doctor Marianus; …Sara Mingardo (Mulier Samaritana), her contralto a size smaller, is blessedly focused. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, August 2017

This is a very good account of Mahler’s Eighth; Riccardo Chailly has opened his Lucerne tenure in fine style and paid a suitable tribute to his illustrious predecessor. He controls the performance expertly, getting a splendid response from his players and singers.

Accentus present the concert very well. The camera work is excellent, the picture selection always relevant to what’s going on, and the sound quality is very good. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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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