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Mahler: Symphony 8 Original recording remastered


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Georg Solti, 21 October 1912 – 5 September 1997) was a Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor. He was a major classical recording artist, holding the record for having received the most Grammy Awards, having personally won 31 as a conductor, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[2] In addition to his recordings he is ... Read more in Amazon's Georg Solti Store

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  • Performer: Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton
  • Orchestra: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Singverein
  • Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (13 Sept. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca Legends
  • ASIN: B00000JXZ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part I. Veni, creator spiritus
2. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part I. Imple superna gratia
3. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part I. Infirma nostri corporis
4. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part I. Accende lumen sensibus
5. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part I. Veni, creator spiritus
6. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part I. Gloria Patri Domino
7. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Poco Adagio - Waldung, sie schwankt heran
8. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Ewiger Wonnebrand
9. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Fussen
10. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Gerettet ist das edle Glied
11. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest - Hier ist die Aussicht frei
12. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Hochste Herrscherin der Welt - Dir, der Unberuhrbaren
13. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen
14. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
15. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Blicket auf zum Retterblick
16. Symphony No.8 In E Flat Major 'Symphony Of A Thousand': Part II. Alles Vergangliche

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn VINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this version during the 1970s and it has held up well even after all those years. For a true Mahlerian like myself, this version surpassess all others. Some Mahler scholars may point out the weaknesses with this work due to its inconsistancies, for example the long drawn out opening of Part Two. But Solti's interpretation enhances the emotional aspects of the work and it just simply allows the music and chorus to flow towards its wonderful climax. Sound is brilliant on the CD, and the overall performance is wonderful to listen too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This latest reissue of the classic account of 8th sounds great! I don't know very much about the 24-bit Super Digital Transfer, but is it my illusion that vocal and choral part sound more detailed and enhanced compared to the earlier issue? It adds to the sense of space and atmosphere towards the awe-inspiring finale.

As for the performance itself, it never looses its freshness, and it gives me the same impact and the transcendental experience as I listened to it for the first time. Lucia Popp and Arleen Auger's intensely beautiful singing still sends shivers down my spine. Solti conducts the both parts masterfully to let the music speak for itself most eloquently, without resorting to vulgar exaggeration and without losing the driving force of the whole symphony while, at the same time, letting every detail of the orchestration hang together seamlessly. The result is the truly heaven-bound listening experience (Das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan)!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
When asked which of Mahler's symphonies he liked the most, Dmitri Shostakovich replied with "all of them, except the eighth". It is unlikely that he ever heard Georg Solti's classic rendition now remastered for Decca's Legends series.
Nicknamed the "Symphony of a Thousand" due to the massive orchestral and choral forces needed to perform it, it can often develop a life of its own, even in the most capable of hands. As with all Mahler's symphonies, the secret of success is in pacing. Under Solti, the problems that many find insurmountable are made insignificant. From the very first explosion of the chorus, the listener is gripped, and Solti's rigid mastery of tempo does not let you go until several seconds after the disc has ceased, some eighty minutes later.
The other issue with the Eighth is that it also, wuite literally, a "Symphony of Two Halves", and the problem of sustaining a sense of integrity between the glories of the Mass in part one and the more personalized universality of the Faust legend in part two can make it a disjointed affair. But with all the soloists, led by the pre-eminent Mahlerian of her day, Heather Harper, on top form, the two halves are seamlessly drawn together.
It cannot be denied, then, that Mahler's vision of the Eighth is problematic; Solti and his serried ranks allow us to share, for a short time at least, in that vision and to wonder at it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rjmcr on 16 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
No doubt I will be shot down in flames and negative votes for the comments I am about to make on this vastly overrated recording of Mahler's Eighth but I have persevered with it on and off over several years and my perception has never changed.

Mahler's Eighth used to be thought of as a blaring, vulgar monstrosity and anyone who holds that view today will find plenty to support their argument on this disc. Solti makes no attempt whatsoever to look beyond the notes on the page and unearth the wealth of musical detail or meaning that lies just beneath the surface. At no point do I get the feeling that he even 'gets' this work, let alone loves it, and we merely lurch from one climax to the next. The prelude to Part II is always a good test and here we find leaden and heavy-handed pizzicato almost drowning out the melancholic woodwind; try Tennstedt, Abbado or Rattle to hear how it should be done. To be fair, Part II is more tolerable than Part I where Solti's drive is relentless and leaves me, at least, glad when it's finished.

With the exception of Shirley-Quirk's overparted and frightened Pater Ecstaticus, the soloists are a great asset, no question, but they're not handled particularly well by the recording engineers. Rene Kollo sounds as if he sings much of Part I out in the foyer while Harper and Popp are far too close for my liking. They have all been matched or even surpassed individually (if not in ensemble) on other recordings, although you won't hear a better high C than Popp's just before Alles Vergangliche launches in earnest; Harper's just sounds tense.

I always think English-speaking choirs sound better in this work, especially in the Latin of Part I, and I hear nothing here to change my mind.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Minayowitz on 6 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a musicologist, musician or music expert of any kind, just someone that has listened to a number of Mahler recordings and honestly believes that he has a certain affinity and understanding of this particular composer.

To a great extend,I fully subscribe most of the negative comments made by Mr Lloyd. Usually I find most readings of popular pieces of music to be a matter or taste or preference and, therefore, very difficult to assess with a minimum of objectivity. But from now and then you encounter a rendition of a work that simply goes beyond your tolerance level and of course you have to protest. Solti's version of Mahler's 8th is a case in point. To put it simple terms this recording is ugly and chaotic, the sound is bombastic, overblown and completely without integration and balance, particularly the first part of the symphony. But Solti's conducting doesn't help either. Again in the first part of the symphony, it's all about orchestral muscle and gimmicks which completely fails to bring about the lyrical qualities and subtleties of Mahler's music. The second part is much better but also lacks the delicate touch required to bring about their dramatic undertones which Kubelik for instance manages quite successfully in which a far more atmospheric and sympathetic interpretation of Mahler's 8th.
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