Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Dudamel: “There are no words to describe the immersive, overpowering experience of being a conductor. Share with me this monumental live performance with my beloved LA Phil, remastered in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos audio technology in rich, remarkable 3D sound.” Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall in May and June of 2019, this landmark performance marked the end of the LA Philharmonic’s centennial season. Known since its debut in 1910 by the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”—because of the overwhelming number of performers it calls for—Mahler’s 8th features 346 here, Gustavo Dudamel enlisting the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, National Children’s Chorus, and soloists Tamara Wilson, Leah Crocetto, Erin Morley, Mihoko Fujimura, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Ryan McKinny, and Morris Robinson to realize his vision. It’s still plenty powerful. Mahler wrote that he intended for the listener to “imagine the universe beginning to ring and resound”—and that sense of scale is captured fully here with help from Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos. Every flash of brass and flurry of strings and weave of towering voices sounds as though it’s close enough to touch and comprehend, ringing and resounding all around you.