Monday, June 13, 2011

G. Mahler's Symphony No.8 Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus, Directed by K. Tennstedt

Joe Koczera, SJ, reminds us that "Roman Catholic convert Gustav Mahler is not known for his liturgical compositions - in fact, he never wrote any music intended for the liturgy - but he did produce a very fine musical setting of the Pentecost hymn Veni Creator Spiritus," which "forms the first part of his colossal Symphony No. 8, dubbed the 'Symphony of a Thousand' on account of the alleged size of the choral and orchestral forces massed for the work's 1910 premiere" — Mahler on Pentecost.

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