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Mario Venzago, Northern Sinfonia - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor (2012)

Mario Venzago, Northern Sinfonia - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | # cpo 777 735-2 | Time: 00:56:28

Following his CPO recording with the Tapiola Sinfonietta of Anton Bruckner's Symphony in D minor, "Die Nullte," and the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Mario Venzago presents the Symphony No. 2 in C minor, this time with the Northern Sinfonia. Unlike some contemporary conductors who favor the original 1872 version of this symphony, Venzago performs the more familiar 1877 version, edited by William Carragan. This is the first of Bruckner's symphonies where he expanded the form to an hour duration, and the fertile ideas it contains are appropriate to the greater time frame. Yet this work has never been accepted by audiences in the way most of the later symphonies have, such as the Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth, and the music falters over too many starts and stops, indecisive development, and repetitions. Even so, there is much attractive material here, and Venzago brings it off with a light touch, having the orchestra play delicately and sweetly, almost as if this were a Mendelssohn symphony.
Anton Bruckner - BOB / Stefan Blunier - Symphony No. 8 WAB 108 (Version 1890) (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip} [RE-UP]

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 WAB 108 (Version 1890) in C minor
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
2xSACD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 331 MB | Full Artwork: 98 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Live" # 937 1713-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2011
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
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
Anton Bruckner - BOB / Stefan Blunier - Symphony No. 8 WAB 108 (Version 1890) in C minor (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 WAB 108 (Version 1890) in C minor
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Stefan Blunier
2xSACD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 331 MB | Full Artwork: 98 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Live" # 937 1713-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2011
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
Anton Bruckner - BOB / Stefan Blunier - Symphony No. 8 WAB 108 (Version 1890) in C minor (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & FLAC}

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
Anton Bruckner - Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi - 7th Symphony (2009) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & FLAC}

Anton Bruckner - 7th Symphony
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,30 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,15 GB | Partial Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal # 88697389972 | Country/Year: Europe 2009
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

…Collaboration between principal flute, strings, and French horns floats seamlessly toward the ultimate peroration in which Wagner’s mortality his epic posterity converge. Has the whole progress been a Rhine Journey? A vast and rewarding enterprise from first to last this Järvi Seventh.
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.9 (2014)

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.9 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 273 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 3441 GH | Time: 01:03:07

In his final performances with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in August 2013, Claudio Abbado conducted Anton Bruckner's unfinished Symphony No. 9 in D minor, and this recording is drawn from the best takes from those concerts. Considering that this rendition came near the end of Abbado's life and stands as a worthy testament to his achievements, it's easy to read too much into the interpretation, and to view it as a mystical or transcendent reading because of the circumstances. On the one hand, Abbado's understanding of this symphony was as thorough as any conductor's, and the Lucerne musicians played with seriousness and dedication, offering a version that has impressive power and expressive depth. On the other hand, there are many competitive recordings that either match Abbado's for strength and feeling, or surpass it in purely technical terms of sound quality and reproduction. Certainly the sound is exceptional, according to Deutsche Grammophon's high standards, and this stereo recording is exceptionally clean and noise-free.
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (Franz Welser-Most) (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (Franz Welser-Möst) (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20928 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 95 min | 20,2 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2388 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 5,1 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik

With its majestic themes soaring upwards like gothic pillars and its brilliant chorales and fanfares glowing like stained – glass windows, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 is the most monumental of his orchestral works, a cathedral in sound that grows out of pianissimo murmurs. Coming after the triumphs celebrated by the composer’s Seventh Symphony and Te Deum, the Eight was considered by Bruckner as the artistic climax of his career. Cleveland‘s Severance Hall is the venue for this performance. This hall, an eclectic yet elegant mix of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Classicism, Egyptian Revival and Modernism was inaugurated in 1931 and is still hailed today as one of the world‘s most beautiful concert halls. The Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, began its ascent to the upper ranks of the world‘s ensembles after it moved to Severance Hall in 1931.
Mario Venzago, Berner Symphonieorchester - Anton Bruckner: Symphonies 3 & 6 (2013) 2CD

Mario Venzago, Berner Symphonieorchester - Anton Bruckner: Symphonies 3 & 6 (2013) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 440 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 295 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | # cpo 777 690-2 | Time: 01:45:06

Continuing his impressive series of Anton Bruckner's symphonies on CPO, Mario Venzago leads the Bern Symphony Orchestra in period style performances of the Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1889 version) and the Symphony No. 6 in A major (1881 version), using scores edited by Leopold Nowak. Venzago strives for historically informed performances that give varying perspectives on Bruckner's development, employing different orchestras with each release to reveal important differences in the composer's orchestral conceptions and to show that there wasn't one prescription of how the symphonies should sound. Instead, Venzago rejects the massive and heavy-handed interpretations of the early 20th century and tries to re-create the 19th century sound world in all its variety and intimacy. The glistening, vibrato-less string tone, pungent woodwinds, and crisp brass and timpani are easily distinguished from the more homogenized tone colors of a modern symphony orchestra, and Venzago ensures that these distinctive timbres aren't obscured by keeping the orchestral sections lean and discrete.
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 In C Minor (2014) [Mario Venzago]

Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 In C Minor (2014)
Konzerthausorchester Berlin, conducted by Mario Venzago

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 353 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 222 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | # cpo 777 691-2 | Time: 01:15:24

For his project of recording the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner on CPO, Mario Venzago has chosen to record each symphony with a different orchestra to re-create the sounds that Bruckner would have heard. Considering that Bruckner's experiences with orchestras spanned three decades, he would have witnessed growth of the orchestra's size and the introduction of new instruments, which clearly influenced his decisions when he composed and revised each work. Venzago performs the Symphony No. 8 in C minor with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, following the 1890 version and employing the same instrumentation and ensemble scale, as well as traditional practices that are documented in performances from that period. The result is an Eighth that sounds strikingly different from the other symphonies, quite far removed from the early Romantic orchestra he used in the First, and considerably expanded from the ensembles he would have expected for the Fourth or even the Seventh symphonies.