Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 (2012) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 (2012)
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,23 GB | 24Bit/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 985 MB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG “Gold” # 937 1756-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Classical Period, Symphony

Review by Blair Sanderson

In light of the increasing number of historically informed performances of Beethoven’s symphonies that have been available since the 1990s, the novelty of hearing them played in authentic Classical style may have worn off a little. Even conventional, long-established symphony orchestras have adopted many period practices, so they are becoming commonplace features, if not yet completely absorbed into the mainstream. Of course, knowledgeable listeners seek out high-quality performances that have aspects of period practice, even if the music is played on modern instruments, and look for recordings that also have strong audiophile appeal. This super audio disc by the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, a 106-member orchestra conducted by Stefan Blunier, should fill the bill admirably, for the Symphony No. 1 in C major and the Symphony No. 5 in C minor receive impeccable performances in astonishing multichannel sound that should satisfy the most demanding connoisseurs. Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm produced this gold SACD with its customary unprocessed digital sound, so the reproduction is as faithful to the actual performances as can be managed, and the presence of the orchestra is truly something to behold. While purists may still take issue with the use of modern instruments, the large size of the orchestra, and a few minor issues, even they will recognize that Blunier has learned a great deal from the early music camp and that his interpretations are intelligent and insightful. They also have an appealing warmth that is sometimes lacking in versions with original instruments, and the vigorous playing certainly keeps the music from seeming fussy or sterile. allmusicguide


1 Symphony No. 1 op. 21 – Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 8:46
2 – Andante cantabile con moto 7:17
3 – Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace 4:15
4 – Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace 6:20
5 Symphony No. 5 op. 67 – Allegro con brio 7:16
6 – Andante con moto 9:31
7 – Allegro 5:12
8 – Allegro 8:49

Recording: Bonn, May, 29-31, 2012



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