This version of the Eighth Symphony is one of Sir Georg Solti's greatest triumphs on record.
The conductor's high-voltage interpretive style was not always ideally suited to Mahler's
music -- for example, both of his recordings of the Ninth Symphony seem curiously fidgety --
but there's no question that this is one of the best recordings ever made of Mahler's mighty
Eighth. Solti sculpts this sprawling score into a coherent, dramatic shape. Since its first
release on LP in 1971, audiophiles have treasured this recording for its sonic potency -- it
still has tremendous impact.