PREMIERE OF SYMPHONY NO. 8 BY MAHLER IN ASTANA OPERA
Symphonic orchestra set a new record in Kazakhstan. 1,200 musicians from across Kazakhstan led by famous conductor Alan Buribayev performed Symphony No. 8 by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler in the Astana Opera. This is the maximum number of musicians who have ever performed the legendary work since its premiere. According to the organizers, the preparation took three months. Leading choral and symphonic bands of Kazakhstan were involved in it. 70 artists of Carlo Felice Opera Theater from Genoa took part in the event as well.
ALAN BURIBAYEV, HONORED ARTIST OF KAZAKHSTAN, CONDUCTOR:
- It turned into a festival of friendship and brotherhood. We looked into each other’s eyes and realized that we are a team. This became our starting point. I hope this cooperation will last and the cultures will bloom in every corner of Kazakhstan.
One of the most monumental works of Gustav Mahler, also called the "Symphony of a Thousand", was the last creation of a genius composer. As the maestro noted, the work was written "in a fit of inspiration." Mahler recognized the exclusivity of his work, so the Eighth Symphony was presented as the expression of the confidence in the human spirit. In fact, the work became the banner of humanism of the twentieth century.
GIUSEPPE ACQUAVIVA, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, GENOESE TEATRO CARLO FELICE:
- During the EXPO 2015 in Milan, the Genoa Theater performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Four soloists from the Astana Opera Theater performed together with us. Two years later we came to you, I consider it as a symbol of unity brought by music and art. Our theaters are similar and work closely together.
The premiere of the Symphony No. 8 by Mahler was one of the brightest events held as part of EXPO 2017. The audience was delighted. The applauded the orchestra for almost twenty minutes after the performance.