Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 is an exceptional work. This first refers, purely externally, to its orchestration involving three choirs and eight soloists and an orchestra with far more than one hundred instrumentalists, which has very few equivalents in the history of music. 1,030 persons took part in the Munich premiere in 1910 under the direction of the composer, which gave it the epithet of “Symphony of a Thousand”.
Due to its gigantic orchestration, it is only seldom performed: For instance, the last time the Wiener Symphoniker played this vocal symphony was in 2007. Now, the Orchestra, in collaboration with the Vienna Singverein concert choir, the Vienna Singakademie choir, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and an exquisite group of soloists, will dedicate itself to this gigantic work again, and this on the occasion of a very special event: The two performances will conclude the aegis of Philippe Jordan as principal conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker. This will be a musical exclamation mark at the end of the Vienna concert season!