Beethoven Bob, Blunier Symphonies No. 1

Beethoven - BOB / Blunier - Symphonies No. 1 & 5 (2012, MDG "Gold" # 937 1756-6) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC} [RE-UP]

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 241 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1756-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School, Orchestral

"…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
Beethoven - BOB / Blunier - Symphonies No. 1 & 5 (2012, MDG "Gold" # 937 1756-6) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC} [RE-UP]

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,25 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 984 MB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1756-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2012 | 5% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School, Orchestral

"…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
Ludwig van Beethoven - BOB / Stefan Blunier - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 (2012) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 241 MB | Full Artwork: 100 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1756-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Classical Period, Symphony

…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. 4,5/5 ~AMG
Darius Milhaud - Ensemble Villa Musica - Kammersymphonien No.1-6 (1992, MDG # L 3449) [RE-UP]

Darius Milhaud - Ensemble Villa Musica - Kammer-Symphonien No. 1-6 / Suite D'Après Corrette / Les Rêves De Jacob
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 233 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG # L 3449 | Country/Year: Germany 1992
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

Milhaud’s six little symphonies are brief, lighthearted experiments in sound combinations, and they are also very charming. These performances are delightful … precise, spirited, brilliant …
I don’t see how anyone could go wrong with these performances, which MDG captures in bright, characterful sound.
Franz Liszt - Tanski / BOB / Blunier - Tasso, Totentanz, Piano Music (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC} [RE-UP]

Franz Liszt - Tasso, Totentanz, Piano Music
Claudius Tanski (Piano) / Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
SACD ISO: 3,25 GB (Stereo + MCH DSD) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 920 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1678-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

Happy birthday, Franz Liszt! The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under its conductor Stefan Blunier and the pianist Claudius Tanski present orchestral works and piano music by this Austro-Hungarian great, including the overture to Goethe’s Torquato Tasso and the Totentanz of 1849, on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of his birth. A finely nuanced extra comes in the form of an orchestration of La lugubre gondola by John Adams.
Franz Schreker - BOB, Blunier - Irrelohe, Opera In 3 Acts (2011, MDG "Live" # 937 1687-6) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip} [RE-UP]

Franz Schreker - Irrelohe, Opera In 3 Acts
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier / Chor und Extrachor des Theater Bonn
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 500 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Live" # 937 1687-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Late Romantic

…The vivid MDG recording is slightly distanced, so the volume needs to be increased considerably for its fine qualities to become evident. Balances between voices and orchestra are excellent, and for those listening in multi-channel the surround speakers have been used to great effect for the off-stage brass, distant bells and chorus in the Act 3 cataclysmic immolation of Irrelohe castle. There is no applause or audience noise but the movement of singers on the stage is clearly defined with very few extraneous sounds being captured by the microphones. This is the latest addition to the Schrecker discography and will be welcomed by all admirers of the composer and can be confidently recommended.
Franz Schreker - BOB, Blunier - Irrelohe, Opera In 3 Acts (2011, MDG "Live" # 937 16) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC} [RE-UP]

Franz Schreker - Irrelohe, Opera In 3 Acts
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier / Chor und Extrachor des Theater Bonn
SACD ISOs: 7,05 GB (Stereo + MCH DSD) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 2,09 GB | Full Artwork | 5% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Live" # 937 1687-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Late Romantic

…The vivid MDG recording is slightly distanced, so the volume needs to be increased considerably for its fine qualities to become evident. Balances between voices and orchestra are excellent, and for those listening in multi-channel the surround speakers have been used to great effect for the off-stage brass, distant bells and chorus in the Act 3 cataclysmic immolation of Irrelohe castle. There is no applause or audience noise but the movement of singers on the stage is clearly defined with very few extraneous sounds being captured by the microphones. This is the latest addition to the Schrecker discography and will be welcomed by all admirers of the composer and can be confidently recommended.
Eugen D'Albert - BOB / Blunier - Der Golem: Opera in 3 Acts (2010) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip} [RE-UP]

Eugen D'Albert - Der Golem: Opera in 3 Acts
Mark Morouse / Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Chor des Theater Bonn / Stefan Blunier
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 467 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Live" # 937 1637-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2010
Genre: Classical | Opera, Early 20th Century

…The opera is very much worth hearing—and owning (though I wish MD&G had supplied an English translation of the libretto). The performances are for the most part on target. (…) So I guess this must be a qualified recommendation, but a recommendation nonetheless, given the quality of D’Albert’s music.
Felix Draeseke - Claudius Tanski / Wuppertal SO - Symphony No.1 & Piano Concerto (1999, MDG "Gold" # 335 0929-2) [RE-UP]

Felix Draeseke - Symphony No.1 op.12 & Piano Concerto op.36
Claudius Tanski, piano / Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra / George Hanson
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 287 MB | Full Artwork: 104 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 335 0929-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1999
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Piano, Symphony

"Felix August Bernhard Draeseke was a composer of the "New German School" admiring Liszt and Richard Wagner. He wrote compositions in most forms including eight operas and stage works, four symphonies, and much vocal and chamber music.During his life, and the period shortly following his death, the music of Draeseke was held in high regard, even among his musical opponents. His compositions were performed frequently in Germany by the leading artists of the day, including Hans von Bülow, Arthur Nikisch, Fritz Reiner, and Karl Böhm. However, as von Bülow once remarked to him, he was a "harte Nuß" ("a hard nut to crack") and despite the quality of his works, he would "never be popular among the ordinary"." ~Wikipedia
Anton Bruckner - BOB / Stefan Blunier - Symphony No. 8 WAB 108 (Version 1890) (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & FLAC} [RE-UP]

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 WAB 108 (Version 1890) in C minor
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
2xSACD | SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 4,62 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,34 | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: MDG "Live" # 937 1713-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2011 | 5% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Orchestral

"Even though Stefan Blunier's 2011 recording of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 in C minor is a lot to digest, timed at over 88 minutes and stretched almost to the breaking point, this is a deeply compelling performance and an impressive recording that deserves all the time listeners devote to it. (…) MDG's natural, unprocessed sound is a great aid to capturing the orchestra's subtle dynamics, and the live recording has very few extraneous sounds. Highly recommended." ~AMG