HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony Of A Thousand”) (Tennstedt)

All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc

This is one great recording of this great work. Without being too wordy. This recording will show you how good your system really is. Get it..It’s also a great performance as well. Barely seven minutes into the performance and we already experience a triumphant exultation–one beautiful soaring melody after another in this wonderful celebration of life.
Yes, there is great singing (all the soloists and choirs are magnificent!) but even more important are the absolutely GORGEOUS parts for the human voice. This is why the human voice is the greatest of all musical instruments. If you like beautiful singing at its passionate best, this is a performance you will return to frequently.
The “Symphony of a Thousand” (a poetic rather than literal title) was a Tennstedt specialty. The most admired part of his EMI Mahler cycle was this symphony; he recorded it in 1986, in fairly distant sound that exhibits a good deal of digital glassiness. The conductor was battling throat cancer, first diagnosed in 1985, which forced him to step down as pricnipal conductor of the London Phil. in 1987, having held the post for only four years. His returns to London thereafter were considered unique events, all the more fragile because of Tennstedt’s precarious health and last-minute cancellations. On this occasion the energy that he summons is monumental and one must say, heroic. Even Bernstein didn’t marshal the gigantic forces of the Mahler Eighth with such command and breadth, as if embracing a musical cosmos.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir,  Elizabeth Connell, Edith Wiens, Felicity Lott, Trudeliese Schmidt, Nadine Denize, Richard Versalle, Jorma Hynninen, Hans Sotin
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Vinyl 1986
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR 15
Size: 1.71 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


  Symphony N° 8 In E Flat  
A Part 1: Veni, Creator Spiritus 24:37
B Part 2: Final Scene From Goethe’s “Faust” 23:47
C Part 2: Final Scene From Goeth’s “Faust” (Continued) 22:30
D Part 2: Final Scene From Goeth’s “Faust” (Conclusion) 11:40

Analyzed folder: /96k Mahler – Symphony No. 8 – Tennstedt
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR15        -0.99 dB     -21.17 dB     A Part 1- Veni, Creator Spiritus.aif
DR15        -3.56 dB     -24.72 dB     B Part 2- Final Scene From Goethe’s ‘Faust’.aif
DR18        -5.10 dB     -28.77 dB     C Part 2- Final Scene From Goeth’s ‘Faust’ (Continued).aif
DR12        -0.26 dB     -19.18 dB     D Part 2- Final Scene From Goeth’s ‘Faust’ (Conclusion).aif
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR15


  • Choir – London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir
  • Chorus Master – Neville Creed, Richard Cooke
  • Composed By – Gustav Mahler
  • Conductor – Klaus Tennstedt
  • Engineer – John Kurlander, Tony Faulkner
  • Illustration – Edvard Abrams
  • Liner Notes – Henry-Louis De La Grange
  • Orchestra – London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Producer – James Mallinson


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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