# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1971 / 1982)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 99/100 of 100
# Size: 1.63GB (24/96) + 466MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
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From the booklet:
Only in recent years has the art of sound reproduction been able to capture the mighty mass of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”). Directed by Sir Georg Solti, this great performance combines a superb selection of eight outstanding vocal soloists with three magnificent choral ensembles: the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Vienna Singverein Chorus and the Vienna Boys Choir. This masterpiece was recorded with the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the world’s foremost recording hall, the Sofiensaal in Vienna, during the orchestra’s European tour of August and September 1971.
Aside from his sensational Wagner Ring cycle, if one recording in Georg Solti’s catalog bears repeated reissues, it must be his truly legendary rendition of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, “Symphony of a Thousand,” a captivating performance that was unmatched in its day and one that still holds its own against later releases. This 1971 recording is especially worth considering because of its unequaled octet of singers — sopranos Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, and Arleen Augér, contraltos Yvonne Minton and Helen Watts, tenor René Kollo, baritone John Shirley-Quirk, and bass Martti Talvela — whose ecstatic voices are set against three great Viennese choirs and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing its absolute best. This extraordinary recording is not only highly recommended, it is mandatory for all serious Mahlerians. – Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com
1 – Part I – Hymnus; Veni; Creator Spiritus
2 – Part II – (Beginning) Final Scene from Goethe’s “Faust”
3 – Part II – (Continued) Uns Bleibt ein Erdenrest
4 – Part II – (Conclusion) Blikket auf – alle reuig Zarten!
Heather Harper – soprano
Lucia Popp – soprano
Arleen Augér – soprano
Yvonne Minton – contralto
Helen Watts – contralto
René Kollo – tenor
John Shirley-Quirk – baritone
Martti Talvela – bass
With the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Vienna Singverein Chorus and the Vienna Boys Choir
You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.
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