Mahler´s Eighth Symphony

The Symphony of a Thousand doesn’t quite require 1,000 performers, but close to 300 singers and instrumentalists. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 is in every way a musical epos, and a grandiose tribute to love and the salvation of mankind.

Inspiration struck Gustav Mahler with incredible force in the summer of 1906 when he wrote the whole piece in a matter of months. His wife, Alma, later told how the Veni Creator Spiritus music of the first movement was composed before Mahler received the text, and yet fit like a glove. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 brought together the Latin 9th century hymn and Goethe’s 1,000 years younger play Faust. It’s a pioneering and optimistic piece that, in the words of the composer, sounds ‘as if the whole universe began to sing’!

Inspirationen drabbade Gustav Mahler med ofattbar kraft sommaren 1906 då han skrev hela verket inom loppet av ett par månader. Hans fru Alma berättade efteråt hur ’Veni creator spiritus’-musiken i första satsen komponerades innan Mahler fick texten men likväl passade ihop perfekt. Mahlers Symfoni nr 8 sammanför den latinska 800-talshymnen och Goethes tusen år yngre teaterpjäs Faust. Det är ett banbrytande och optimistiskt verk som, i tonsättarens egna ord, låter ”som om hela universum börjar sjunga”.




The Swedish Radio Choir is one of the best choirs in the world. Since 1925, it has performed new music and become an important instrument for contemporary composers, but it also has a strong voice when it comes to the classical choral repertoire. The choir received its international breakthrough under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson.

The Swedish Radio Choir is a mountaineer of the music world – it goes on ahead and decides the direction for others to follow. Several hundred years of Swedish a cappella tradition in combination with forward-looking and a culturally diverse repertoire, and collaborations with some of the best conductors in the world, have established the Swedish Radio Choir as one of the best ensembles of its kind. Through Swedish Radio P2, the choir reaches vast numbers of listeners on-air and online, as well as the concert audience.

Concert length: 1 h 30 min