Sunday 29 Jun 2014, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Elisabeth Meister soprano

Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano

Lucy Crowe soprano

Karen Cargill mezzo soprano

Justina Gringyte mezzo soprano

Robert Dean Smith tenor

Roland Wood baritone

Stephen Gadd

Rodolfus Choir

Philharmonia Voices

Tiffin Boys' Choir choir

Mahler Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Mahler’s mighty Symphony of a Thousand to close the season. A hedonistic amalgam of the medieval Latin hymn Veni, creator spiritus (‘Come Thou, infinite Creator’) and the closing scene of Goethe’s Faust, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is scored for epic forces including eight vocal soloists, two choirs and a massive orchestra embracing six clarinets (2 in E flat), four trombones, offstage brass, two harps, mandolin and a vast array of percussion instruments.