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Mahler - Symphony No. 8 [Blu-ray Audio] [2011]

2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Piotr Nowacki
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Latin, German, English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Naxos
  • DVD Release Date: 1 April 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P4I4OQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,269 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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With its enormous vocal, choral and orchestral forces, Mahler's Eighth Symphony, later to be dubbed 24-bit, 96 kHz Stereo and Surround recordings. Symphony of a Thousand , is one of the largest and longest symphonies in the active repertoire. Part One, inspired by the Whitsuntide Vesper hymn Veni creator spiritus, is an invocation to the Creator Spirit. Part Two, a setting of the closing scene from Goethe's Faust, depicts Faust's redemption through wisdom and love. Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound , was how Mahler himself described the impact of the closing pages of the Symphony.

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Wonderfully atmospheric. --IRR,Dec'11

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Format: Blu-ray Audio
blu ray audio only disc
the track listings and set up guide
are displayed on the tv pal, tv that is
not misleading as other reviewer states on his review of this blu ray audio only disc
this is a very good disc in both hi res stereo and hd dts ma surround
so buy and enjoy it.
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I bought this type of blue ray sound only to hear how my modest system would sound. I enjoyed the recording, but will stay with CD on my hi fi. It frankly was a much sound.
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Am i wrong to think that this is a bluray AUDIO disk only? If so, what Amazon writes in the "Format" description (colour, PAL) would be wrong and very misleading!
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Na capa do BD consta que ele tem áudio 5.1 surround - DTS HD Master Audio, porém essa trilha é 5.0, e isso para mim causou frustração. Se soubesse disso antes, não compraria o BD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Hoped For Better. 14 Mar. 2015
By Chuckroast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
I have only recently began to appreciate Mahler and I am almost 74 years old. I guess better late than never as the saying goes. Although I have a very good knowledge most all the remaining classical repertoire,I can't say my opinion regarding the performance of this complex work should be taken all that seriously. I have listened to this performance and the old Horenstein/LSO BBC Classics live recording. I found the Horenstein to be the more inspired and interesting of the two with somewhat better soloists. The Polish forces under Wit play well and make some fine sounds, but they seem less inspired and too careful when compared Horenstein's more fully developed concept of this massive score. Considering the age of the Horenstein, 1959 or thereabouts, the sound is in many ways, quite comparable to this new "Whoopti Doo" 5.0 Blu Ray Audio. The Wit recording has wide dynamic range and detail, but is somewhat lacking to me in deep bass. Although I have pretty good equipment, the disc does not seem to impress me as much as some of my old Mercury (mono) Living Presence CD recordings from the early 1950's. When played through my 7 channel decoder on my home theatre receiver, they sound to my old ears, as good or better than some of the Blu Rays...Considering the cost of these Blu Ray Audio discs, unless you have some super equipment and great ears, I am not sure that they are all worth the extra cost over a good CD.
A very real benefit of the Blu Ray Audio disk is the great additional space available on the disk. A complete opera can fit on one disk. Multiple works could be recorded on one disk, greatly reducing the storage space requird of an average collection.

.Just my opinion....For what's it's worth...Probably, in this case, not all that much.

06/28/14 I have to revise my opinion of the recorded sound. I purchased a new sub woofer (Mirage Baby Boomer...See my review!) which surprisingly, sounded much better than my old AR 10" sub. My old sub must have gradually given up the ghost. With the improved equipment, the Maher had much better bass definition and I would have to say that the sound was much improved. I still think that some of the old Mercury recoding's sound as good or even better.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Eighth with wonderful sound compared to Solti's Blu-Ray edition 15 Mar. 2014
By Joseph Kline PhD, MD - Published on Amazon.com
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Some background first. Since I listened to Solti's Chicago LP when it first came out, Mahler's 8th Symphony has been a favorite of mine. And for the same 40 or so years, Solti's has been my favorite recording (I evolved from LP to two CD versions, and now to the Blu-ray format of that recording).

This performance is excellent but lacks the Nth degree of electricity heard in Solti's more driven performance.
Oddly, Witt failed to win me over completely in Part I but did in Part II. When I listened to Part I again, I had a much more positive experience. I can't explain it. Let's face it. The Veni, Creator Spiritus is as big as they come on the concert stage. Hence, the moniker "Symphony of a Thousand." It must be a bear to record.

So, who wins, Solti or Witt. Solti on energy, Witt on sound and misses by the thinnest hair on energy. This really is a wonderful recording that should be in every self-respecting Mahlerite's collection. I will listen to it as often as Solti's. Gee, it only took 40 years for someone to truly rival him. Not too bad, Sir Georg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A streight forward approach to this work 9 Mar. 2013
By Robert B. Vincelette Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
It is beautifully performed with nothing to attract attention to the conductor's interpretation, no gimmicks here. However, I think the Michael Tillson Thomas SACD is still the definitive interpretation for its intimate emotional depth.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Performance, lousy recording. 26 Nov. 2012
By Lancealot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
The artists did a fine job on this piece. But, I bought it mostly to review of the latest in sound quality. If this represents the latest then we audiophiles and bluray have no hope. It sounds like the microphones were placed in the back of the concert hall. Everything sounds dry, thin, compressed and miles away. This is the worst new recording I have heard so far. Unless you really love this performance, don't waste your money.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding performance, presented in audio that is supreme 8 Oct. 2011
By BRYAN L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Audio
With SACD"s only achieving a moderate success, mainly because you needed special equipment to play them, and only a small percentage of listeners interested in audiophile quality (the same goes for Audio DVD',an equal contender in the high-quality audio stakes), we have wondered what suitable audiophile format would appear to replace these. Now we have it.

ownership of blu-ray players is eventually going to be almost universal, as they play every disc format (except in many cases, Audio DVDs and/or SACDs as they are overshadowed by this format), and as blu-ray player sales increase as they are the only system around that can provide good digital vision and sound, so the prices will drop. That disposes of the technical side, with this release revealing itself as having the best sound I have heard.

But, what of the performance? That is why we purchase these releases. Good sound doesn't make up for a poor performance. I am not going to enter into a deep analysis of the performance, but I will say that, subjectively, this is the finest performance of the other 5 I have (Haitink, Nagano, Gergiev and my favorite, Horenstein, recorded in 1959, also Zinman on an unexpectedly good set on Hybrid SACD with a completed 10th, the 5-movement version of the first and a documentary DVD). Individuals have so many varied expectations of a Mahler performance, that it is really impossible to write an analysis that will explore various points of view in a satisfactory way without writing a book. So I will just say that I enjoy all the performances I have to some degree or other, as each conductor has something different to say. But, until this Naxos release, Horenstain has been my favoured Mahler interpreter (although not entirely consistent) and the sound on his early stereo recording of the 8th is surprisingly well-engineered, and reveals an excellent performance. But this release, under the wonderful conducting of Anton Wit (a conductor that gets less recognition in the English speaking countries than he deserves, compared to his recognition in central Europe and surrounds) hits you from the first bars. You know right away that you are in for a very special performance, with recording quality and balances beyond reproach, that lets you hear this performance at top quality. Wit has revealed himself, through Naxos, as an excellent conductor (try his Alpine Symphony as an example). So I will let comments on the performance rest with, that for me, it is the best I have heard. I regret not going into the interpretation, but I have explained that above.
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