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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Heather Harper (soprano); John Shirley-Quirk (baritone); Lucia Popp (soprano); Martti Talvela (bass); René Kollo (tenor); Vienna Boys' Choir (boy's choir); Vienna State Opera Chorus (choir, chorus); 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 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. No fewer than three CDs of this 1971 performance have appeared, the 1990 double-disc, the 1999 Decca Legends, and the 2006 The Originals package, the last two as single discs. Having ...