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This was a great performance and excellent recording of Leonard Bernstein and the London Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler's Symphony No. 8. It is hard not to get lost in such a great recording. Of course, the HDTT transfer to DSD is excellent.
Very good sound, unique conversion and high quality
Mahler's 8th is, in my opinion, the less symphonic of all their symphonies. It is (in my opinion, again) a great "Cantata" in two parts, very different in form and content one from the other. Because of this (and the gigantic forces asked by the score) it is a real challenge for the enormous orchestra, the soloist singers, the various choruses and... the conductor, for sure. Here we have a master on the subject: Leonard Bernstein in flesh and soul, and a multitude (that what it is) of gifted and disciplined musicians to achieve a masterful performance of this really odd but marvelous work. Of course, immediately comes to mind Bernstein's recording with the NYPO. The comparison is hard 'cause everything, but the work and the batton, changes. I find the sonics of this version, wich is excellent, superior to the CBS cicle (it depends on "what" release, too). Concerning the performance as a whole, both this and the NYPO raise the top of one can find in the store. Highly recommended.
Bernstein's 1960's Mahler is in many ways different to his later DGG recordings. Very much a young mans view of the Composer. The sound on this transfer is just excellent. Warmly recommended.
Very good! Thank you.
Title: Mahler - Symphony No. 8 in E flat (‘Symphony of a Thousand’)
Artist(s): Conductor – Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra
Alto Vocals – Anna Reynolds, Norma Procter
Baritone Vocals – Vladimir Ruzdjak
Bass Vocals – Donald McIntyre
Choir – Leeds Festival Chorus
Composed By – Gustav Mahler
Organ – Hans Vollenweider
Soprano Vocals – Erna Spoorenberg, Gwenyth Annear, Gwyneth Jones
Tenor Vocals – John Mitchinson
Recording Info: Recorded by CBS
at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, Great Britain, 1966