Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Georg Solti This Evening

We conclude our week long celebration of conductor Georg Solti’s 100th birth anniversary on Symphony @ 7 tonight with his acclaimed recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand.  This recording won the 1972 Grammy for Best Classical Album and Best Choral (non-operatic) Performance.  It made a huge impression then, and it still does.  It’s one of the great Mahler recordings.

This epic recording was made not in Chicago but in Vienna while the Chicago Symphony was on tour and on a tight schedule.  But the result was fabulous, with the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Vienna Singverein, Vienna Choirboys and a team of wonderful solo voices that included Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, Rene Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, and Marti Talvela.  If you’ve never heard this recording and like Mahler, don’t miss it.

Here is Georg Solti talking about his understanding and interpretation of this great and unusual symphony:

Join me for Symphony @ 7 for this grand work.  Also, don’t miss Saturday on Stage with Christopher Purdy tomorrow at noon for his tribute to George Solti with Siegfried by Wagner from the outstanding Ring Cycle Solti conducted, produced by John Culshaw.  If you can’t wait for the Mahler, here’s the glorious finale to Symphony of a Thousand:

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