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Bruckner: Geistliche Chorwerke / Eugen Jochum


Release Date: 03/10/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423127   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Elmar SchloterKarl RidderbuschWieslaw OchmanMarga Schiml,   ... 
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio ChorusBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra members,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Seraphic is the word for this music — Bruckner's three settings of the Mass are enough in themselves to convert the heathen.

Given that Bruckner's F minor Mass is every bit as fine as Verdi's Requiem (no disrespect to the latter, both are blazing masterpieces) it's a sorry state of affairs when the Bruckner has recently been outnumbered 13 versions to nil in the gramophone catalogues. Happily, this 1962 Jochum version is on a par with the very best accounts of the Verdi; a fervent, inspired account of the great work which still sounds remarkably well (excellent choir and soloists) thanks to firstclass musical balances and good no-frills early sixties stereo sound from DG. The F minor Mass is a splendid way to get to
Read more know Bruckner's music. There is here all his usual strength and rock-like grandeur along with a wealth of romantically affecting detail; here is the authentic Bruckner voice with a form, that of the Catholic Mass, which is more familiar and therefore perhaps more immediately accessible than the more abstract forms of some of the later symphonies. If you don't know the work, or this inspired performance of it, you shouldn't hesitate to acquire this reissue. It will give you hours of pleasure, of mingled uplift and solace.

-- Gramophone [8/1983]
reviewing Mass no 3 on LP, DG 2543 815

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"What seraphic music. It must be Bruckner", remarked a friend who entered the room as I was playing this recording. I cannot recommend this set too highly, both as performances and recordings. Seraphic is the word. Bruckner's three settings of the Mass are enough in themselves to convert the heathen. I cannot possibly decide which of them I like most, though my head tells me that No. 2 in E minor, with its wind-only accompaniment, is the greatest. What is obvious is that they are the work of a master of choral music, who knew infallibly what effects he wished to create and how to create them, who had the acoustics of a cathedral inbuilt into his notes as he put them on paper and who can rightly be compared with Palestrina in the purity and emotional fervour of his art.

The recordings were made between 1963 and 1972 and come now as a wonderful memorial tribute to Eugen Jochum. His conducting of Bruckner's symphonies was always admired but he had rivals there who could provide alternative routes to the towering peaks. I cannot believe he has a peer in this sacred music. The transfers to CD are magnificent and allow us to hear every nuance of the singing of the Bavarian Radio Chorus in the Masses and 10 motets and of the Deutsche Oper Chorus in the Te Deum and Psalm 150. The 1971 performance of the E minor Mass has not previously been issued in Britain, and it is of the highest quality, with most sensitive and expressive oboe playing.

If you play the beginning of the Mass in F minor you will obtain an immediate impression of how good these performances are and of the intensely moving nature of the music. Here is the symphonic Bruckner in all his heaven-scaling rapture but without some of the repetitious features which deter some listeners (though not those who are fully prepared to enter his world). The soloists are good in all the performances but Maria Stader and Kim Borg excel in this Mass. Stader is superb, too, in the really astounding Te Deum.

Not least of the excellence of this generous issue are the ten short motets, most of which will, I suspect, be unfamiliar to many listeners. Each one is a gem of its kind—a most touching Ave Maria, for instance, a moving Pange lingua and an elaborate Ecce sacerdos magnus. The presentation of the discs by DG is first class, with all the texts in translation and a most illuminating essay.

-- Gramophone [9/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1. Mass no 1 in D minor, WAB 26 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Elmar Schloter (Organ), Karl Ridderbusch (Bass), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Marga Schiml (Alto), Edith Mathis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1882; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1972 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 57 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Mass no 2 in E minor, WAB 27 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1896; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1971 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 43 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Mass no 3 in F minor, WAB 28 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Anton Nowakowski (Organ), Kim Borg (Bass), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor),
Claudia Hellmann (Alto), Maria Stader (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1893; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1962 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 57 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer (Organ), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Peter Lagger (Bass),
Sieglinde Wagner (Alto), Maria Stader (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1965 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Psalm 150 in C major, WAB 38 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Maria Stader (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Virga Jesse floruit in E minor, WAB 52 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Ave Maria for 7 a cappella Voices in F major, WAB 6 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8. Locus iste in C major, WAB 23 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Tota pulchra es, WAB 46 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Anton Nowakowski (Organ), Richard Holm (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Ecce sacerdos magnus in A minor, WAB 13 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Joseph Hahn (Trombone), Ludwig Laberer (Trombone), Hedwig Bilgram (Organ),
Alfons Hartenstein (Trombone)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12. Vexilla regis, WAB 51 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Afferentur regi, WAB 1 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Joseph Hahn (Trombone), Ludwig Laberer (Trombone), Alfons Hartenstein (Trombone)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Pange lingua, WAB 33 "Tantum ergo" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15. Christus factus est, WAB 11 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1966 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Residenz, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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