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Mahler: Symphony # 8
Erin Wall, Eliza van den Heever, Laura Claycomb
Mahler: Symphony # 8
Genre: Classical
 
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  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2

This release won three Grammy Awards in 2009 as follows: Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Engineered Album- Classical.

      
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All Artists: Erin Wall, Eliza van den Heever, Laura Claycomb, Katarina Karnéus, Yvonne Naef, Anthony Dean Griffey, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, Michael Tilson Thomas
Title: Mahler: Symphony # 8
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: San Francisco Sym
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 8/25/2009
Album Type: Hybrid SACD - DSD
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 821936002124

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This release won three Grammy Awards in 2009 as follows: Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Engineered Album- Classical.

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Laura E. from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 8/29/2009...
Not intended as a review, just background info, since the UPC number doesn't generate much: This is the Mahler Symphony No. 8, with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Vocal soloists are tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, soprano Erin Wall, bass James Morris, among others. Released on the orchestra's own label.
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The New Standard
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | Oakland, CA USA | 08/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mahler's 8th Symphony, incorporating the Faust story, is an unwieldy monster, notorious for it massive body of instrumentalists, three choruses, and eight soloists. This album is the third attempt over three years of Mahler's 8th Symphony by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. I was in the audience for the first two, which were first awful and the following year reasonably good. But the old principle of threes is fulfilled yet again, for this rendition of November 2008 at last is excellent and worthy to be presented to the vast public by CD album. My gold standard has been the Solti recording, analogue LP and digital mastering, and MTT & the SFS matches it in exuberance and excitement and excels by its modern surround sound engineering. This majestic recording truly sounds live and being in Davies Symphony Hall, perhaps sitting in the dress circle. The soloists are heard distinctly and their performances are very fine, with especially fine singing by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and soprano Elza van den Heever. Even the children's choruses are crystal clear and no shrillness, the bane of old recordings, is present. Tilson Thomas completes the Mahler symphony cycle with the Adagio of unfinished Symphony 10, which was recorded two years earlier. I now have a new standard for Mahler's Eighth. Yes, it is that good."
At last
Scott G. Blair | 08/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have waited along time for this. Mahler's 8th has always been my least favorite of all of his symphonies, and not necessarily because it is a bad symphony, but rather because it is a large and unwieldy symphony that even the best of symphonies, choruses, and conductors struggle with. MTT & SFS are no different, they have struggled with this symphony for years, but through persistence and perseverance they have given us yet another great interpretation and performance of a Mahler Symphony. This really is the most beautiful rendition of Mahler's 8th that I have ever heard, and now I can can finally see that Mahler's 8th rivals the complexity and beauty of all of his other Symphonies."