HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7 – Solti

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Mahler conducting has moved in a different direction from what we hear on this recording of the Seventh under Solti. Comparison with almost any other famous account — from Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, or Tennstedt — reveals how extroverted and hyper-energized Solti is. The recording has been engineered for maximum detail, almost x-ray like, and any ambiguous or problematic aspects in the score are charged through, with forward momentum prevailing over anything else.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1971/1976)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.55 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

What I immediately like about this recording is the attention to rhythm and emotion. The opening march-like beat by the strings is well executed and the horn solos that follow are first class. In fact, first class is what this recording is all about. The Chicago Symphony is at the top of its form throughout this performance and the most striking aspect of this recording is the balance of the orchestral voices. The accentuation and attention to dynamics is superb. The mandolin solos are clear and enjoyable and the harp is lustrous and atmospheric. The third movement is one of the best on record. There is so much to say that I feel saying anything more would give it away. I will say this. The finale of the final movement (and of the symphony of course) is an achievement of spectacular proportions. Joyous, exciting, and spiritually uplifting, this is the shining moment of this rendition!

This was my second experience with this work (my first was Kubelik with the Bavarian Radio Symphony) and I still enjoy it alongside the Bernstein/New York Philharmonic DG masterpiece. This is a wonderful job of a conductor and orchestra at their world-class best triumphant over one of Mahler’s most difficult scores. Recorded in the acoustically perfect Krannert Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign by DECCA’s David Harvey and Kenneth Wilkinson, we have been offered again an exceptional collaboration of Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony that has stood, stands, and will stand the test of time. Bravi!!  

 Analyzed folder: /96k Mahler – Symphony No. 7 – Solti
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR13        -0.41 dB     -17.96 dB     A  First Movement- Langsam – Allegro.aif
 DR13        -4.41 dB     -24.43 dB     B  Second Movement- Nachtmusik I. Allegro Moderato.aif
 DR13        -1.89 dB     -20.41 dB     C1  Third Movement- Scherzo.aif
 DR13        -3.32 dB     -22.04 dB     C2  Fourth Movement- Nachtmusik II. Andante Amoroso.aif
 DR12        -1.69 dB     -17.56 dB     D  Fourth Movement- Rondo – Finale.aif
 Number of files:    5
 Official DR value:    DR13


  • Composed By – Gustav Mahler
  • Conductor – Georg Solti
  • Liner Notes – Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich
  • Orchestra – Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Photography – Teldec-Bildarchiv

Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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