Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Symphony Hall

We join Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra in their 75th Season in a Grand Choral Celebration.

In the Summer of 1906 Mahler was troubled by thoughts of failing powers. He decided to rest but on the first day of hisPhoto_of_Gustav_Mahler_by_Moritz_Nähr_02 holiday, whilst walking down to his composing hut , “On the threshold of my old workshop, the Spiritus Creator took hold of me and shook me and drove me on for the next eight weeks until my greatest work was done.” This was the Eighth Symphony. Though ideas must have been germinating for longer, the actual composition took him about six weeks. At its legendary Munich premier, which didn’t take place until four years later in 1910, the Eighth proved to be the triumph of his life.

Part I is based on the Latin text of a 9th-century Christian hymn for Pentecost, Veni creator spiritus (“Come, Creator Spirit”), and Part II is a setting of the words from the closing scene of Goethe’s Faust. The two parts are unified by a common idea, that of redemption through the power of love, a unity conveyed through shared musical themes.

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Sunday, 6th March 2016 at 3:00pm; Symphony Hall, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EA.

Mahler’s epic and spectacular choral symphony returns to Symphony Hall. Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate their 75th season with the City of Birmingham Choir and The University of Birmingham Chorus.

Elisabeth Meister, Stephanie Corley, Alison Roddy (soprano)
Sarah Castle, Hannah Pedley (mezzo soprano)
Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (tenor)
Morgan Pearse (baritone)
Jeremy White (bass)

City of Birmingham Choir (Adrian Lucas director)
University of Birmingham Chorus (Julian Wilkins director)
Choirs of St Peter’s Collegiate Church Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Grammar School

Conductor – Michael Lloyd

MAHLER Symphony No. 8 in E flat major

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