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Musik...Sprache der Welt - Sibelius, Wagner / Jochum


Release Date: 07/12/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4775484   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jean SibeliusRichard Wagner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

DG's marketing never ceases to amaze. Here we have a disc containing 27 minutes of Sibelius, and 40 minutes of Wagner. The front of this cardboard package only lists the Sibelius items. A little blue sticker notes, in tiny print, "also includes works by Wagner". Never mind which ones. I suppose the idea was to spotlight DG's dully uninteresting "Wirtschaftswunder"-era cover art. Eugen Jochum was a marvelous Wagner conductor, of course, but he has no special cachet as a Sibelian. Neither of the three works listed stand among the Finnish composer's most popular (which is not to say that they aren't great music). The Wagner titles, on the other hand, are both extremely popular and, regarding the Parsifal excerpts, important Read more additions to Jochum's discography. They are also better played and more idiomatic, at least in terms of orchestral execution, than the Sibelius.

Actually, Jochum doesn't do badly by those either. The Overture to The Tempest lacks the necessary wildness, not to mention its bass drum, but Oceanides is beautifully paced, with its big climax perfectly timed. Most modern conductors take it too slowly. Night Ride and Sunrise manages to be exciting in its initial stages--if not especially nocturnal or atmospheric--and largely avoids that "jog-trot" effect produced by its incessant rhythms. But you can do better, particular given the somewhat grotty sounds of the Bavarian Radio orchestra in 1957. Wagner, of course, is easier to play, and no doubt more familiar to the musicians--but even so, Jochum's flowing accounts of the Parsifal Prelude and Good Friday music are lovely, as well as the only tracks in (decent, early) stereo. Certainly it's an odd program, but if you collect Jochum, you'll certainly want this.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Tempest, Op. 109: Prelude by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2.
Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Nightride and sunrise, Op. 55 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
4.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
6.
Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
7.
Parsifal: Good Friday Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

Sound Samples

The Tempest - Overture, Op.109, No.1
The Oceanides. Tone Poem for Orchestra, op.73
Nightride and Sunrise, Op.55 (1909)
Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I
Lohengrin / Act 3: Prelude to Act III
Parsifal: Prelude
Parsifal - Concert Version / Act 3: Good Friday Spell

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