Vanguard Classics released their first recordings in their pioneering cycle of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler featuring the Utah Symphony conducted by Maurice Abravanel in the mid-1960s. These were the very first commercially issued stereo recordings of Mahler's Seventh and Eighth Symphonies. Released at a value price, and featuring prominent singers including Beverly Sills, Florence Kopleff, and Netania Davrath, the recordings were a commercial and critical success, with prominent critic Edward Greenfield declaring Abravanel's Seventh an even better recording than Mahler "specialist" Leonard Bernstein's competing recording. These two releases launched a series that challenged its full-price rivals in sonic quality, artistic and engineering excellence, and thorough annotation.
Musical Concepts returns this landmark recording series to the catalogue – at an unbeatable bargain price.