Symphonic Record of the EXPO-2017

The Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the world-famous conductor Alan Buribayev present a unique project: for the first time 1200 musicians will perform outstanding Austrian composer Gustav Mahler’s famous Symphony No. 8 in the open air. The Kazakhstani premiere will take place on July 22 in front of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation within the framework of the cultural program of the EXPO-2017.


Gustav Mahler conceived the Symphony No. 8 in E flat major as an exalted ode to the beauty of human spirit. The work is not only the most monumental composition of the Austrian classic, crowning his entire creative work, but also one of the most large-scale symphonic canvases in the world repertoire. Its performance requires a huge number of musicians – a significantly enlarged orchestra, several choirs, children’s choir and eight soloists. The first part is based on the IX century Latin hymn Veni Creator Spiritus, the second part is written to the words of the final scene of the celebrated German poet J.W. Goethe’s tragic play Faust.

One of the most sought-after maestros in the world, the Principal Conductor of the Astana Opera Alan Buribayev became the Music Director and Conductor of this unique project. Incidentally, just this March, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Alan Buribayev has presented with great success a premiere of G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2Resurrection Symphony with his native Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Principal Soloists.

Symphony No. 8 is one of the pieces that I would take with me to an uninhabited island, where I would constantly listen to this extraordinarily beautiful music. An interesting fact: at the time of the premiere in September 1910, there was an EXPO going on in Europe, as well. It was then that the name Symphony of Thousand was first used, according to the number of musicians taking part in the performance. Implementing such a colossal undertaking is quite a challenge for any company. I am rehearsing a lot, at first moving from one collective to another, before uniting them into one big choir and orchestra. The idea of ​​unity, brotherhood, universal love, relevant at all times, has become the driving force of this incredible project. Especially since the main idea of ​​this symphony is also that our entire universe is created from love. The premiere will be a truly unique event, which has no analogues anywhere in the world,” said Alan Buribayev.

Principal Soloists of the Astana Opera Saltanat AkhmetovaZhupar GabdullinaAigul NiyazovaNurlan BekmukhambetovTatyana Vitsinskaya, soloists of Abay Opera House Oksana DavydenkoOleg Tatamirov,Tair Tazhigulov will take part in the concert.

According to the organizers, together with the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir, the grand performance of Gustav Mahler’s magnificent work will feature the orchestras and choirs of the famous ItalianTeatro Carlo Felice (Genoa) and of the Abay Opera House, as well as the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the “Academy of Soloists” State Chamber Orchestra.

The leading Kazakhstani choral collectives will join them: B. Baykadamov State Choir, the choir of the South Kazakhstan Regional Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Chamber Choir of the Regional Philharmonic of Gaziza Zhubanova, mixed choir, boys’ choir, “Eligai” children choir of the Kazakh National University of Arts, children’s choirs of the Kazakh A. Zhubanov Music Boarding School for Gifted Children, K. Baiseitova Republican Special Music Boarding School for Gifted Children, M. Tulebaev Children’s Music School № 5, P. Tchaikovsky Musical College and other choirs from Astana, Almaty, Pavlodar, Petropavl, Aktobe, Kokshetau, Semey, Uralsk.

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