Bangkok Post reviews
Orchestras combine for a colossal symphony
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: July 12, 2013 at 8:15 am
The ‘Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand’ concert will take place in the main hall of Thailand Cultural Centre on July 24 starting at 8pm.
As Somtow Sucharitkul's five-year project to play the complete symphonies of Mahler in Thailand nears its end, the Austrian's enormous Eighth will receive its Thai premiere in the next two weeks.
And the piece is so large four orchestras will be involved in putting on the show.
Presented by Opera Siam, Festa Musicale and the Department of Cultural Promotion, the "Gustav Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand" concert will take place in the main hall of Thailand Cultural Centre on July 24 from 8pm.
Known as "The Symphony of a Thousand", Mahler's Symphony No.8 in E-Flat Major is the largest piece in the standard classical repertoire. It is scored for two large mixed choirs, a large children's choir, and eight solo singers who must be heard above the 150-piece orchestra with an off-stage brass band attached.
The legendary piece is not just large in size, it is colossal in its philosophical meaning, encompassing the creation of the universe and the redemption of the human spirit _ a compendium of all the ideas of the Romantic age in art.
The Thai premiere of Mahler's Eighth will use the resources of four symphony orchestras _ the Siam Philharmonic, Siam Sinfonietta, Siam Community Orchestra and Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Somtow.
They will be joined by guest concertmaster Vilmos Olah from Hungary, hundreds of choristers from a dozen countries, and a world-class cast of soloists that range from Thailand's leading opera singers, Nadlada Thamtanakom and Kittinant Chinsamran, to Covent Garden stars like Phillip Joll.