Ludwig van Beethoven – BOB / Stefan Blunier – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 (2012) [Hybrid-SACD] {ISO + HiRes FLAC}

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
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

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The Charlie Byrd Trio – The Bossa Nova Years (1991) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

The Charlie Byrd Trio – The Bossa Nova Years (1991) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:19 minutes | Scans included | 3,04 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,03 GB

Guitarist Charlie Byrd revisits a variety of bossa nova songs, including nine by Antonio Carlos Jobim on this pleasing and accessible set. What makes this CD stand out from his many similar dates is that Ken Peplowski’s clarinet and tenor are well featured, adding variety to the music and a lead voice for Byrd to play off of. Otherwise the music is predictably excellent, with such classics as “One Note Samba,” “Corcovado,” “Dindi,” “O Pato,” and “The Girl from Ipanema” receiving very favorable treatment. (more…)