WRTI Spotlight
12:29 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

New Release of Mahler's <i>Symphony of a Thousand</i>


Friday, September 11

12 noon

Just in time to mark the anniversary of the world premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the so-called "Symphony of a Thousand," we'll broadcast a brand-new recording, just released on August 25th, of this gargantuan work with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony, soloists and choruses.

Recording this work was an enormous undertaking.

Watch and Listen: A behind-the-scenes look at the San Francisco Opera's recording sessions of a "Symphony of a Thousand"

The symphony was an immediate success at its first performance on September 12, 1910 (one of the only times Mahler experienced a successful premiere) and garnered worldwide attention. Among those in the audience that day was Leopold Stokowski, who considered it one of the greatest compositions of the 20th century, and conducted the U.S. premiere of the symphony in March, 1916 in Philadelphia.

Click Here to view a fascinating archival collection of photos and other memorabilia from the 1916 premiere in Philadelphia.