Mahler: Symphony No.8 - "Symphony Of A Thousand" - 4785006

. . . I had a near out-of-body experience while listening to a 1971 Decca LP set, taped in Vienna's Sofiensaal, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by its legendary maestro Sir Georg Solti and featuring strong vocal soloists and great choruses . . . [now] we are treated to a High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray . . . [with eight principal soloists] as well Viennese choruses, there is no shortage of vocal fire power on stage. The performers are further stoked to a proverbial white-heat state by the often-frenetic baton of conductor Solti, making this performance one that will keep listeners on the edges of their respective seats throughout . . . [this release] truly benefits from this newer audio format. While the recording industry has moved on considerably since 1971, this was one whale of a performance then and remains so to this day.

Heading to that desert island? Don't forget to pack this one . . . Solti has held up over the years as a disc that, like his Wagner "Ring", really sets so many standards in so many departments. And since this was not a surround sound issue to begin with, this is the perfect treatment for this re-release, sounding better than it ever has -- and it was always good. For me another desert island pick, obligatory.