Mahler/CSO/Solti – Symphony No. 8 In E Flat – ”Symphony Of A Thousand” (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)


# 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%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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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,

Track List:

Side One
1 – Part I – Hymnus; Veni; Creator Spiritus

Side Two
2 – Part II – (Beginning) Final Scene from Goethe’s “Faust”

Side Three
3 – Part II – (Continued) Uns Bleibt ein Erdenrest

Side Four
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.

Info on the original album can be seen here and here

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)


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18 thoughts on “Mahler/CSO/Solti – Symphony No. 8 In E Flat – ”Symphony Of A Thousand” (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

  1. Thanks. I own the HD 24 bits / 96 Khz files of this recording, realized out of master tapes, sold by Universal Music itself and distributed by a quite well known french site. Would be very interesting to compare them with your rip. I’ll let you know my feeling about that.

      • I’ll tell you ASAP. 🙂
        Both versions will be played the same way through Amarra and my Ayre QB-9 DAC.

        Ps : don’t forget chamber music in this collection. Even if HD music applied to chamber music might not be quite as spectacular as Orchestral works, it is really worth. Thank again !

  2. Hello NightOwl. I made the comparaison, briefly. I don’t know what is due to your skills and equipment and what is due to the pressing but although your rip sounds very good, I think the HD files remain better. It sounds more natural, with more space and more body too. Anyway, your rip is pretty awesome and I’ll still be quite happy if you can post some other references of the set. Thanks !

    • I’ve heard the same thing from others as well. This was a tough one to rip, to be sure. Not bad, but not great.

      Don’t worry, there are more rips to come… 🙂

  3. Dear music friend,

    According to your own proposal I’m free to ask whether it’s possible to get all the FM boxes (LP vinyl from #61 up to 100) – myself I’ve already got the 1st 15 boxes (LP’s 1 up to 60).

  4. To TheNightOwl

    Quite strange/funny – although the files/works/composers correspond, I’ve got quite different disks numbering by my FM-edition. Well, I’ve bought my 1st 15 boxes, or 60 vinyl lp’s of this series some 30 years ago.

    with greetings,

    JT H

    • Hi JT H,

      I know there are at least 2 different packaging varieties for the FM set. I’ve never seen the variety you’re speaking of though. They’re all from the same time period (1978-80).


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