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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand" - Barbara Kubiak (soprano); Ewa Marciniec (alto); Izabella Klosinska (soprano); Jadwiga Rappé (alto); Marta Boberska (soprano);...
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  1. Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand")
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Even though Gustav Mahler's vast Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, "Symphony of a Thousand," is the most difficult of his works to mount -- with an expanded orchestra, an organ, eight vocal soloists, boys choir, two large adult choirs, and an off-stage brass ensemble, it outstrips even the massive instrumentation used in the Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" -- it has become one of the most frequently recorded of the cycle. Indeed, its increased popularity is due in part to the greater availability of recordings of the work. ...