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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Arleen Augér (soprano); Heather Harper (soprano); Helen Watts (contralto); John Shirley-Quirk (baritone); Lucia Popp (soprano); Martti Talvela (bass); René Kollo (tenor); Yvonne Minton (contralto); Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Georg Solti (conductor)
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  1. Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand")
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Aside from his sensational Wagner Ring cycle, if one recording in Georg Solti's catalog bears repeated reissues, it must be his truly legendary 1971 rendition of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, "Symphony of a Thousand," a captivating performance that was unmatched in its day and one that still holds its own against later releases. This recording is especially worth considering because of its unequaled octet of singers -- sopranos Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, and Arleen Augér, contraltos Yvonne Minton and ...