Mahler - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Georg Solti – Symphony No. 8 - 1972 Classical - Analogue Audiophile - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP Box Set

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Mahler - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Georg Solti – Symphony No. 8
Decca – 478 8551
2 x Vinyl, 180 grm LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo
Box Set
20 page 12" insert with notes, including lyrics in German, English and French
180 gram  Audiophile Pressing
 mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original analogue tapes and pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl by Optimal.Germany
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Barcode: 028947885511
Symphony No. 8
A1Part I:  Hymus, Veni, Creator Spiritus
B1Part II:  Final Scene From Part 2 Of Goethe's Faust — Waldung, Sie Schwankt Heran
C1Part II  (Continued): Faust 2 — Uns Bleibt Ein Erdenrest
D1Part II  (Concluded): Faust 2 — Blicket Auf, Alle Reuig Zarten
Composed By – Gustav Mahler
Orchestra – The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor – Sir Georg Solti
Choir – Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna Singverein Chorus, Vienna State Opera Chorus
Contralto Vocals [Maria Aegyptiaca] – Helen Watts
Contralto Vocals [Mulier Samaritana] – Yvonne Minton
Baritone Vocals [Pater Ecstaticus] – John Shirley-Quirk
Bass Vocals [Pater Profundus] – Martti Talvela
Soprano Vocals [Magna Peccatrix] – Heather Harper
Soprano Vocals [Mater Gloriosa] – Arleen Auger
Soprano Vocals [Una Poenitentium] – Lucia Popp
Tenor Vocals [Doctor Marianus] – René Kollo
". This release features conductor Sir Georg Solti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s spectacular large scale choral work Symphony No. 8. BBC Music exclaimed: "This performance is still hailed as something of a benchmark – spine-tingling and electrifying"
"Now at last Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand can be heard on record at something approaching its full, expansive stature. Here is a version from Solti which ... conveys the feeling of a great occasion ... so overwhelming is the build-up of tension"  (Gramophone Magazine)
"outstanding in every way, extrovert in display but full of dark of [Solti's] finest Mahler records" (Penguin Guide 2010)
" Gustav Mahler was scorned for half of the last century as being a composer of excesses: to the uninitiated he seemed intent on pushing sound, percussive effects, line and emotion to the outer limits of human tolerance. And nowhere are these criticisms more seemingly founded than in his Symphony No. 8, or 'Symphony of a Thousand'. Yet it is that very spectrum of composition - the mightiest of organ-based fortissimos and the near inaudible whispers of his pianissimos - that makes this wondrous work magical. Because of the vastness of forces required to perform it - a huge orchestra supplemented with extra brass choirs, massive choruses often written antiphonally, a children's chorus, and eight operatic quality soloists - it is not performed as often as his other works. Fortunately most live performances have been followed by recordings and of all these this magisterial accomplishment by Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as recorded in 1971 in the Vienna Sofiensaal is the crowning glory. Solti keeps the mighty forces under control, allowing them to explode for the many climaxes and shimmer when called upon to caress the poetry of Goethe. He has a choice group of soloists in Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, Rene Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, and Martti Talvela, all of whom not only have splendid voices but the musicality to make their contributions part of the fabric of the symphony rather than diva turns"  ( amazon customer)
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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Color Black