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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 Import

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Disc: 1
1. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 1 Allegro impetuoso
2. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 2 A tempo
3. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 3 Etwas drängend
4. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 4 Tempo I
5. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 5 Sehr fließend
6. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 6 Plötzlich sehr breit und leidenschaftlichen
7. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 7 Veni, creator spiritus
8. SYMPHONIE NO. 8: Part I - 8 Wieder frisch
Disc: 2
1. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 01 Poco Adagio
2. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 02 Più mosso
3. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 03 Wieder langsam
4. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 04 Moderato
5. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 05 Allegro
6. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 06 Allegro deciso
7. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 07 Molto leggiero
8. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 08 Schon etwas langsamer und immer noch mäßiger
9. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 09 Im Angang noch etwas gehalten
10. SYMPHONIE NO.8: Part II - 10 Sempre l'istesso tempo
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (April 3, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bubny on May 1, 2002
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As big a fan as I am of Jascha Horenstein in Mahler, and the BBC live recording of his "legendary" 1959 concert in particular, I have to say that this Abbado set--also recorded live, although probably with a little patching done here and there--needs fewer allowances made for it. As such, it's a better candidate for "the one Mahler Eighth to have if you're having only one."
To put the Abbado set into perspective, I'd first like to say a little about the Horenstein. Yes, Horenstein was on top of his game the day he conducted that Albert Hall concert, and yes, it must have been a life-changing experience for those who were there. And for us listening today with benefit of hindsight, there's an emotional charge in knowing that this performance helped lead Mahler's music out of the wilderness of semi-obscurity it wandered into following the composer's death. (On Disc 1 there's even a bonus interview with "our hero.") But for those who want to take it on its own terms, without the weight of 40 years of "legendary" status behind it, as a recorded document the BBC set simply needs too many apologies. The recorded sound (stereo) does a fine job of conveying the orchestral spread but renders the chorus and soloists rather dimly. The instrumental and vocal mishaps are numerous, but the bronchially-afflicted audience coughs right on cue, every time! And the CD package for this 80-minute, Latin/German choral work includes no libretto, a serious omission especially since much of the text verges on the unintelligible, thanks to the microphone placement and the hall's acoustics.
The Abbado set, by contrast, needs few excuses made for it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1999
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I bought this recording because of the starry array of soloists combined with Abbado's conducting. I was not disappointed. I am familiar with this work only through the venerable Solti recording. Imagine my surprise at the wealth of orchestral detail revealed in this reading. One particular section so amazed me that I had to play it 3 or 4 more times to be sure I hadn't imagined it. At the very end of the 'Veni Creator' movement there is a series of upward vocal runs started by the soprano soloist and taken up by other voices. Beautifully executed and captured, truly breath-taking. I checked my other recording and was not to be able to hear this. This work is soul stirring, glorious, magnificent, and I recommend this version.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pater Ecstaticus on January 14, 2006
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I do believe, or feel, that Mahler's Eighth Symphony is being served well with restraint and thoughtfulness on the conductor's part, like here with maestro Claudio Abbado. I mean, we have here a performance of Mahler 8 that - to me at least - sounds exactly as it should: deeply concentrated and contemplative, but at the same time appropriately stately-festive. A natural-sounding ebb and flow of musical waves. Mahler's Eighth as a Natural Event unfolding as it should ... I believe that the recorded sound does add to the atmosphere of this performance, as it is a bit tenuous, with instruments sounding somewhat veiled and just a tadd distant, which results in a certain 'softness' in the orchestral sound, but all in all the resulting soundscape is natural and wide enough. At the same time, the sparse, chamber-musical-like passages are rendered wonderfully delicate and sweet, also helped, of course, by Claudio Abbado's sensitive, almost 'lyrical' conducting. Choirs blend with the orchestra in a completely natural way, as well, to my ears, not standing out at all.
And maestro Abbado really knows what the difference between 'p', 'pp' and 'ppp' (and even 'pppp'?) is about, so that in Claudio Abbado's hands this music doesn't sound like just one big surging sea of forte and fortissimo waves of sound as it would in the hands of other conductors. In one word: lovely. It all really grabs my attention - like most of maestro Abbado's Mahler -, from beginning to very end, but especially because of the marvellous dramatic concentration that Claudio Abbado maintains, especially evident in Part II. Take for example the hushed intensity which the final Chorus Mysticus and orchestra maintain for two and a half minutes, only then going louder, magnificently building up to an intense peroration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I haven't heard the much-praised Sinopoli set, but Abbado's combines wonderful execution and a firm sense of balance (maybe too much, if you want Part II to be less cool and atmospheric.) What gives him the highest rating for me is the vocal cast. It's enormously expensive for any orchestra to import eight top-flight soloists who each sing for only a fraction of the total length of the symphony. Really, in our time only Berlin and dG could combine forces to produce the cast we hear on this CD.

And they are very, very good. I can only ompare them to the singers on two Bernstein readings, and one each from Haitink, Colin Davis, and Michael Gielen. There is no competition, even though individual soloists, like Ben Heppner on the Davis performance, make a bigger impression than any single singer on the Abbado, just as Bernstein's unique intensity makes a deeper impression than Abbado's conducting, fine as it is. All in all, for its combination of excellence in orchestra, chorus, and soloists, I make Abbado's Eighth my first choice.
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