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Vasily Petrenko's Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

Sunday 23 October 2022, 3.00pm

MAHLER Symphony No.8, ‘Symphony of a Thousand’

Cast to include...
Vasily Petrenko Conductor
Sarah Wegener Soprano 
Jacquelyn Wagner Soprano
Regula Mühlemann Soprano 
Jennifer Johnston Mezzo-soprano
Hilary Summers Alto
Vincent Wolfsteiner Tenor
Michael Nagy Baritone
Shenyang Bass
Philharmonia Chorus
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
City of London Choir
The Temple Church Choir
Tiffin Boys' Choir

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Even by Mahler’s standards, his Symphony No.8, nicknamed ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, is a work of immense proportions. Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) Music Director Designate, is joined onstage at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall by a stellar line-up of soloists, massed choirs and an organ, for what promises to be a titanic performance of this rarely heard masterpiece. Written in two halves, Part I employs the text of a 9th century hymn ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’ (‘Come Creator Spirit’), and Part II – inspired by the final scene of Goethe’s Faust – sees Faust’s soul rescued from the clutches of the Devil, then ascend to Heaven in a blaze of glory.

* Please note, this concert has been rescheduled from 18 October 2020 due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir will no longer be able to participate in this rescheduled date (as originally advertised) due to other performance commitments.


Find out more about Vasily Petrenko.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet.

Ticket information

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