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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Anna Larsson (contralto); Anne Schwanewilms (soprano); Ben Heppner (tenor); Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass); Jane Eaglen (soprano); Peter Mattei (baritone); Ruth Ziesak (soprano); Sarah Fulgoni (contralto); Vesko Eschkenazy (violin)
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  1. Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand")
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Judged on its clarity of detail and faithfulness to the score, this recording of Mahler's majestic Symphony No. 8 ranks as one of the most exacting and authoritative ever made. Yet there are less tangible aspects to which the excellence of this performance must be attributed. Riccardo Chailly paces this symphony in long, confident strides, neither rushing for excitement nor pushing the ensemble for extra drama. Chailly's centered, calm purpose dominates the proceedings, and no extraneous effort is attempted to further the ...