MAHLER Symphony No. 8 / Solti 4788551

. . . Solti's "Symphony of a Thousand" is nothing short of electrifying, from the opening, explosive organ chord, full-blooded choral singing, an amazing soloist line-up and articulate, expressive orchestral playing. A grand occasion full of passion and tension. And it really is spectacularly recorded.

. . . a version from Solti which far more clearly than any previous one conveys the feeling of a great occasion . . . the impact of the great opening on "Veni Creator Spiritus" tingles here with electricity. With superb atmospheric recording and a sense of space more than in rival versions, not to mention playing from the Chicago orchestra that shows up all rivals in precision of ensemble, Solti's performance sets standards beyond anything we have known before . . . At times the sheer physical impact makes one gasp for breath . . . so overwhelming is the build-up of tension . . . Decca's lavishness in selecting a roster of soloists unlikely to be rivalled has paid off. There is not a weak link . . . Solti's vivid pointing of instrumental colour and his
Chicago band's virtuoso execution are still unrivalled . . .