Maurice Abravanel’s pioneering recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in 1964 was the most ambitious undertaking in Vanguard Records’ history – and a landmark in the history of records. The recording, which took place at the Mormon Tabernacle, was the first Eighth to be made in stereo, and was produced by Seymour Solomon and engineered by Marc Aubort and Ed Friedner.
Upon its original LP release in June 1964, the recording proved to be a resounding commercial success in the United States and Europe, receiving strong critical acclaim – even drawing comparisons to the top conductors and orchestras of the day – and introducing Abravanel’s Utah Symphony to a global audience.
Musical Concepts is pleased to make this landmark recording available for the first time in 192k 24bit super-high-definition sound for digital streaming and download. The release includes the original liner notes and additional background and perspective on the recording.