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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

1.
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 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Veni creator spiritus"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Imple superna gratia"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Infirma nostri corporis"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Accende lumen sensibus"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Veni, Creator...Da gaudiorum praemia"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Gloria sit Patri Domino"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": Poco adagio: Waldung, sie schwankt heran
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Ewiger Wonnebrand"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Gerettet ist das edle Glied"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Höchste Herrscherin der Welt"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Blicket auf zum Retterblick"
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Alles Vergängliche"

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 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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