Stokowski gave the U.S. premiere of the work and was a renowned exponent of Mahler's music. On its initial release, Kevin Conklin wrote of this recording in Stereophile: "this is the most consistently satisfactory performance of the Mahler Eighth I know, and a powerful argument for preferring a live recording of the work. It deserves to be known as widely as the famous Bruno Walter/Kathleen Ferrier Das Lied von der Erde of about the same vintage."
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI–A FABLED CONCERT PERFORMANCE Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-flat "Symphony of a Thousand". Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra with Carlos Alexander, Eugene Conley, Frances Yeend, Martha Lipton, George London, Uta Graf, Camilla Williams, Louis Bernhardt, the Westminster Choir, Schola Cantorum, and the Boys' Choir from P.S. No. 12 (April, 1950). AAD, 77:58. Originally released in 1988 as part of Music & Arts CD set number CD-280. UPC# 0-17685-11302-4
Sound Clips (MP3):
1. Symphony No- 8 in E flat major, Symphony of a Thousand Part I Hymnus Veni, creator spiritus – Leopold Stokowski
2. Symphony No- 8 in E flat major, Symphony of a Thousand Part II Final Scene from Faust – Leopold Stokowski
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