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Mahler: Symphony No.8 in E flat - 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Georg Solti

Mahler: Symphony No.8 in E flat - 'Symphony of a Thousand'

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1
I. Veni creator spiritus

I. Veni creator spiritus

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
01:29 Play
2
II. Imple superna gratia

II. Imple superna gratia

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04:26 Play
3
III. Infirma nostri corporis

III. Infirma nostri corporis

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
06:20 Play
4
IV. Accende lumen sensibus

IV. Accende lumen sensibus

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04:44 Play
5
V. Veni, Creator...Da gaudiorum praemia

V. Veni, Creator...Da gaudiorum praemia

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
03:50 Play
6
VI. Gloria sit Patri Domino

VI. Gloria sit Patri Domino

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
02:28 Play
7
VII. Poco adagio: Waldung, sie schwankt heran

VII. Poco adagio: Waldung, sie schwankt heran

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
14:24 Play
8
VIII. Ewiger Wonnebrand

VIII. Ewiger Wonnebrand

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
01:35 Play
9
IX. Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen

IX. Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04:42 Play
10
X. Gerettet ist das edle Glied

X. Gerettet ist das edle Glied

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
03:03 Play
11
XI. Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest

XI. Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
02:59 Play
12
XII. Höchste Herrscherin der Welt

XII. Höchste Herrscherin der Welt

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
08:08 Play
13
XIII. Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen

XIII. Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04:54 Play
14
XIV. Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche

XIV. Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
05:18 Play
15
XV. Blicket auf zum Retterblick

XV. Blicket auf zum Retterblick

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
04:47 Play
16
XVI. Alles Vergängliche

XVI. Alles Vergängliche

Composer Gustav Mahler
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Band Chicago Symphony Orchestra
06:43 Play
Total Running Time 80 minutes
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Solti's recording of Mahler's gigantic Eighth Symphony is justly acknowledged as being one of the great triumphs of the gramophone. Sir Georg Solti was a keen Mahlerian for most of his long career.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today's leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world.
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Georg Solti

Georg Solti

Sir Georg Solti was one of this century's most brilliant conductors and a leading figure of musical culture in Europe and the US.
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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

Mahler was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation.
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'This performance is still hailed as something of a benchmark - spinetingling and electrifying.' BBC Music Magazine

'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 far more clearly than any previous one conveys the feeling of a great occasion. Just as a great performance, live in the concert hall, takes off and soars from the very start, so the impact of the great opening on "Veni, creator spiritus" tingles here with electricity ... Solti, characteristically, refuses to accept half measures. This is as near a live performance as the dynamic Solti can make it. At times the sheer physical impact makes one gasp for breath, and I found  myself at the thunderous end of the first movement shouting out in joyous sympathy, so overwhelming is the build-up of tension.' Gramophone

Solti's recording of Mahler's gigantic Eighth Symphony is justly acknowledged as being one of the great triumphs of the gramophone. Sir Georg Solti was a keen Mahlerian for most of his long career. One of his first Mahler recordings was the First Symphony (with the LSO, 1964 - also to be released on Decca Legends at a later date) and this, as with the Eighth, is also regarded as a gramophone 'classic'.

This recording was made in Vienna (with famous Viennese Choirs) when Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were on tour in 1971. Mahler's Eighth Symphony is a Choral Symphony in the true sense of the words, and one would be hard put to find another composition which can offer such overwhelming tiers of vocal and orchestral sound than the great first-movement Hymn 'Veni, creator spiritus' - an experience, especially in this Solti recording, which leaves the listener stunned and emotionally drained.

Recording Information:

Recording location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, August & September 1971
Producer: David Harvey
Recording engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, Gordon Parry

Remastered at 96kHz in 24-bit stereo from the original analogue mastertapes.

Heather Harper soprano I (Magna Peccatrix)
Lucia Popp soprano II (Una Poenitentium)
Arleen Auger soprano III (Mater Gloriosa)
Yvonne Minton contralto I (Mulier Samaritana)
Helen Watts contralto II (Maria Aegyptiaca)
René Kollo tenor (Doctor Marianus)
John Shirley-Quirk baritone (Pater Ecstaticus)
Martti Talvela bass (Pater Profundus)
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Singverein
Wiener Sängerknaben
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti


Extract from the original sleeve notes by Michael Kennedy:

Sir Georg Solti was a devoted Mahlerian for most of his career from the 1950s. He conducted (and recorded) all the symphonies except the Deryck Cooke performing version of the Tenth which he thought lacked 'the contrapuntal element in Mahler's writing'. One of his unfulfilled projects was to put together the different available reconstructions of this symphony and add points of his own, a fascinating 'might-have-been' ...

In the Eighth he was in his element, as this famous recording shows ... Solti's view of the work is set down in his autobiography: 'I think of the Eighth as Mahler's last great nineteenth-century work. For the conductor, most of the problems in this symphony stem from its massiveness. In a sense, the Eighth is a vast opera whose visual aspect remains in the imagination. Opera conductors have a tremendous advantage in conducting this and other big choral-orchestral works'. Certainly this advantage shows in this recording where the energy, drive and breadth of vision are on a truly dramatic scale. The recording also has an elegiac aspect now, in that it preserves the solo performances of three great singers who died too young: Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger and Martti Talvela.

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