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  • Performer: Tölz Boys' Choir, Berlin Radio Chorus, Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost, et al.
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000001GP1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rjmcr on 20 Dec. 2009
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For many years, I'd inexplicably neglected Abbado's Mahler but this beautiful recording of the Eighth showed me what I'd been missing. It's an extremely thoughtful and romantic account, similar in style to Tennstedt's award-winning EMI set with the LPO [ Mahler - Symphonies Nos 4 and 8 ]. Abbado never goes for cheap tricks or grandstanding effects but merely allows the luscious score to unfold at a natural pace, generating its own momentum and tensions, of which there are plenty. Orchestral playing is quite superb and anyone who doubts the BPO's credentials in Mahler really ought to hear this. Instrumental detail and balancing is exquisite and it's clear to me that Abbado sees this very much as a symphony rather than some sort of oratorio-cantata hybrid.

The chorus is just about the right size; big enough to generate the right power and volume but not too big for the sound engineers to handle. Their diction and singing is also exceptional, making this possibly the best choral contribution in this work on record.

The soloists, as ever, require a degree of compromise. Cheryl Studer and Sylvia McNair are a little too light in tone for my liking and Studer has one or two little wobbles; surprising, considering her exceptional Strauss and Wagner recordings of around the same time. Nevertheless, they both make some beautiful sounds even if they fall short of the gold standard set by Christine Brewer and Soile Isokoski for Rattle on EMI [ Mahler - Symphony No 8 ].
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr Lloyd on 9 May 2003
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This Symphony, often thought to be Mahler's most important work, is presented here with reassuring authority. Claudio Abbado seems to feel his way through the music, rather than carve. The first movement, a glorious hymn to the Creator Spirit, at 23 minutes long, is given generous space by Abbado, but never lacks the necessary movement, or tensions. In the second movement, the Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust", Part II, the same consideration of space is shown. Each new entry into the texture feels organic, and the whole movement leads convincingly to the exuberant finale.

This recording is a live recording (though sadly with the applause cut from the end), and as such bears certain marks, such as the occasional slightly flat top notes in the trumpets, occasional entries not quite together, and other things which can, and often do, go wrong in concert. Minor quibbles aside, the playing from the Berlin Philharmonic is fantastic, with energetic and powerful singing from the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Prage Philharmonic Choir and the Tölzer Knabenchoir. Soloist are Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost, Anna Sophie Von Otter, Rosemarie Lang, Peter Seiffert, Bryn Terfel and Jan-Hendrik Rootering. The solo singing is also of very high quality and blends well with the orchestra and choir in the final choruses.

The sound quality of the disks is first-rate. The balance within the orchestra is accurate and the orchestra balances against the choirs. The soloists were placed at the front of the stage during the concert and so are easily heard at the front of the mix. My only disappointment sound wise is that the organ is often not really loud enough.

However you really should not be put off by those negative comments. This is a moving account of Mahler's 8th and is highly recommended for its extraordinary emotional drive, excellent performance and beautiful sound.
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By Mrs Aline Larkin on 16 July 2015
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this particular recording was recommended and I am very pleased with it
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2007
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Compared to some lame performances of 8th released in recent years (Chailly's cool headed account for example), Abbado's account of Mahler 8th is not bad. Probably the most impressive recording available after Sinopoli's miraculous account.

In both 1st and 2nd parts, it takes a while until it really heats up, but once it takes off the splendor and sumputuousness of sound is just amazing. Sheer richness of texture and harmony, thanks to excellent recording, really gives the sense of how Mahler tried to be ambitious in composing this symphony. Solists are pretty good too, very passionate but none of the operatic diva non-sense which often spoils so many performances of this symphony. And the magnificent ending with bang.

Everything is fine, but I can not help asking more. Like Resurrection Symphony or Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy, Mahler 8th needs something transcendent and something more extreme, to penetrate into higher realm. Horenstein and Solti almost do it. Sinopoli very close. Bernstein falls apart before getting there. Abbado, no. We need to wait yet for a conductor who has capacity to match greatness of this symphony.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John R Watson on 24 May 2013
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Impressive for a live performance; little else to compare it against but marvellous sound quality and tremendous cast. Expensive but worth it.
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