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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Solti

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Solti

Tower Universal Vintage  PROC-2105/6 (2 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Mahler: Symphony No. 8*, Das Lied von der Erde**

Heather Harper* (soprano I)
Lucia Popp* (soprano I)
Arleen Auger* (soprano III
Yvonne Minton (contralto I*, alto**)
Helen Watts* (contralto II)
René Kollo*/** (tenor)
John Shirley-Quirk* (baritone)
Martti Talvela* (bass)
Wiener Sängerknaben*
Wiener Singverein*
Wiener Staatsopernchor*
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

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Comment by Athenaeus - August 26, 2020 (1 of 5)

I already had these two recordings via the big Solti/Chicago box-set that sits in my living room. I was therefore able to compare the Tower Records SACDs with RBCD versions. I did find this new release offers a slightly improved sound. I found this especially noticeable in the quieter movements like "Waldung, sie schwankt heran" from the Eighth or "Der Einsame im Herbst" from the Song of the Earth.

Comment by Contrapunctus - April 6, 2021 (2 of 5)

Athenaeus, thanks to your comment, I became aware of this sacd again. When it came out I thought that the remastering of the 8th Symphony wasn't going to be new, but it was using the same thing as the BluRay. That's why I wasn't interested in this sacd since then. But now I got curious and bought it. And I'm happy with the purchase as it was actually newly remastered (by ClassicSound 2017). - The recording actually sounds a little better (more spacious) than the old remastering of the BluRay and the 24/96 downloads.

Comment by ubertrout - April 8, 2021 (3 of 5)

Hrm. I wonder how it compares to the BD-Audio version: Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Solti

Comment by Athenaeus - April 9, 2021 (4 of 5)

Ubertrout, I don't quite understand your comment. Contrapunctus said that the SACD "sounds a little better (more spacious) than" the the Blu-ray version.

Or am I missing something?

Comment by Contrapunctus - April 10, 2021 (5 of 5)

Thanks again, Athenaeus. You're right. - However, I did some further comparative listening (24/96 download vs. SACD). I'd like to point out that BD and 24/96-download is most likely based on the same remaster (the one that was made in 2004 also for the RBCD release of the 'originals-series').

It is also important to mention that these two remasterings (2004 and 2017) have different formats: 2004 = PCM 24/96, 2017 = genuine DSD.

As I said before, the sonical differences are not very big - to my ears. But I imagine that the new DSD-remastering sounds slightly more convincing because of my player (Marantz SA-10). This player is particularly suitable for DSD format.

Conclusion: If you really love this very account of Mahler's Eighth AND you own a decent player, you'll probably enjoy this new sacd. Otherwise I'd like to recommend the 24/96 downloads or, if you can still get it, the BD. - Finally, there are some newer and (sonically) more convincing recordings available, e.g. Zinman, Tilson Thomas, Nott etc.