"All of my previous symphonies were preludes to this one," Gustav Mahler has himself written of his Eighth.
“Despite the huge human forces on stage and the Eighth not being exactly the quietest piece in the symphonic repertoire, it consists some of the most fascinating and touching Mahlerian chamber music,” Olari Elts explains. "Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is actually a very intimate piece of music. In essence, it is about hope and faith.”For Elts, this marks his return to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra of which he served as a Principal Conductor 2001-2006. In addition he was joined by Liene Kinča, Alisa Zinovejva, Kristīne Gailīte, Oļjesa Petrova, Tuija Knihtila, Juhan Tralla, Egils Siliņš, Priit Volmer, the Latvian Radio Choir, the Rīga Dome Cathedral Boys Choir, Latvija State Choir for the grand finale of Riga Festival at the Dzintari hall in Jurmala.