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Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Solti, Chicago Symphony, Et Al

Release Date: 06/13/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000691902   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Heather HarperArleen AugérYvonne MintonHelen Watts,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna SingvereinVienna Boys' Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Georg Solti's Mahler Eighth always has stood high on the list of recommendable versions, even for people who don't normally warm to his nervy, high-powered approach to this composer (and just about everyone else as well). A true "sonic spectacular" on LP, the performance originally transferred poorly to CD, where the audio manipulations--the dubbed-in organ part and shifting perspectives of the soloists and offstage brass--were all too obvious. What Decca has achieved in this most recent remastering is a more integrated and natural sound picture, one that allows the listener to focus more on the performance's purely musical qualities, which include an outstanding lineup of soloists (still the best the work has received) and some Read more fabulous playing by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The fact that the performance has been reduced to a single, mid-priced disc is another huge bonus, and for many that may well make this the Mahler Eighth of choice. If I have any reservation at all, it's that the closing pages don't quite ignite the way they should, and do, in versions by Bertini (EMI), Bernstein (Sony), and Horenstein (BBC Classics). However, this is a very minor criticism of an otherwise splendid production.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), Arleen Augér (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Alto),
Helen Watts (Alto), René Kollo (Tenor), Martti Talvela (Bass),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 CD Arrived Damaged June 6, 2017 By Terry C. See All My Reviews "I don't know where to place this review, but I want to warn other customers: CDs from ArkivMusic arrive quickly, but are quite often damaged (plastic CD case cracked/crushed during shipment) and need to be replaced, which is a hassle. They are not packed properly enough (with protection between each CD when ordering more than one item at a time)." Report Abuse
 Old Wine in New Bottle April 5, 2017 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Some reviewers might lead you to think that this is a new mastering of this marvelous performance and recording released in 1999 as one of Decca's ''Legends'' series. There is nothing in the CD booklet credits or on Decca's web site to support this assertion. I have made listening comparisons between the 1999 and 2006 releases and I don't detect a difference. What is different is that this latest release is $5- cheaper but has a booklet with fewer details and photos. See my 03-28-17 review of the 1999 ''Legends'' issue." Report Abuse
 Untouchable November 17, 2012 By Mark R. (Guilford, CT) See All My Reviews "Unimpeachable recording. I have never been a fan of Rene Kollo but in my opinion, even he does not hold back this recording. Lucia Popp is untouchable, as are the other 2 men, John Shirley-Quirk and Martti Talvela. As are the entire CSO esp the brass section. Crazy good. Solti is at his best." Report Abuse
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