Is this the biggest ever Mahler Eighth?

Is this the biggest ever Mahler Eighth?


norman lebrecht

July 04, 2011

There were 1,140 performers last night in Valery Gergiev’s performance in Ljubljana, the town in Slovenia where Mahler landed his first job (see Why Mahler? for more)

That could be a record. Stokowski had 1,068 in Philadelphia in 1916 and Mahler himself a mere 1,029 in Munich.

Anyone done it bigger? Let me know, if so.

Here’s a report from Ljub by Branimir Profuk. Itis in Croatian.  The headline reads: “Magnificient music sounded on the Congress square where Mahler himself was walking 130 years ago”.  Google-translate can help with the rest.


  • Dominik Bagola says:

    It was a great night of (and for) Mahler & Slovenia (& Croatia – the musicians performing were from both states)! Especially after reading through Why Mahler? 🙂 … the whole event was simply a classic! Great to know that you are keeping track of the Ljubljana staging of the eight!

    Greetings from Slovenia.

  • That’s a lot! Yoav Talmi did it with 1000 performers in Quebec City for the city 400th in 2008