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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8 / Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn, Blunier

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn continues its brilliant Beethoven cycle with the master's sixth and eighth symphonies. And once again the musicians from his birthplace, performing under Stefan Blunier's demanding baton, present an enthralling interpretation that need not fear comparison with legendary recordings.

The "BOB's" recording of the first and fifth symphonies was a gigantic success, and the orchestra's fans can be certain of one fact: things will continue on this note!

Needless to say, the newest Bonn production has been recorded with the finest SACD technology. In MDG's unique 2+2+2 format the tone paintings of the "Pastoral" appear in refreshing clarity and diaphanous transparency; the three-dimensional sound picture produces an uncommonly suggestive plasticity - an experience of nature that is verisimilarly real.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
I had last heard the Bonn orchestra in a program of Mahler. They sound much more at home with their namesake composer. It was a pair of nicely-judged, well played performances and stand quite well on their own.

Blunier is very close to Mengelberg's basic tempos. Mengelberg slowed down or sped up as he felt the music demanded, and in these works he did quite well. And the mid 20th Century Concertgebouw stands up very respectably against a modern orchestra, for all the advances in playing technique that have come about since. Blunier sounds quite straight by comparison. Nothing to complain about in this recording and lots to enjoy, including lovely sound. If 6 is a landscape, Blunier's performance is a photograph of it - a very nice, well-judged one.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bonn.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Ensemble: Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Running Time: 25 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Running Time: 41 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808