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Bruckner: 9 Symphonies /Jochum, Berlin Po, Bavarian Radio So


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000001302   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 9 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The reappearance of this DG set means that once again both of Eugen Jochum's Bruckner symphony cycles are available at the same price level. The EMI cycle was recorded in 1975-80 with the Dresden Staatskapelle, while DG's was taped primarily in the 1960s with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic. There's little to choose between the two interpretively, as Jochum pretty much maintained his individualistic approach to Bruckner throughout his career. So, take away the uniquely burnished tones of the Dresden brass and for the most part you've got two identical cycles (type Q2340 in Search Reviews for a detailed appraisal of the EMI set, as released by Musical Heritage Society).


There are some exceptions,
Read more however. The Berlin Fourth and Eighth are more incisive and engaging performances (with the Eighth receiving far superior recorded sound), while the Fourth is one of the finest in the catalog. On the other hand, the Dresden Seventh is more expansive and transcendent, while Jochum's darkly dramatic Dresden Ninth is considered to be a classic. DG's recordings wear quite well (only the 1958 Fifth betrays its age through tape hiss and limited dynamics) with a brighter, sharper sound overall than EMI's (which compensates with greater depth and presence). Frankly, it's difficult to choose between the two editions. But either way you go, Jochum's work is too important not to be in every Bruckner lover's collection, and at budget price there's little reason for it not to be.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1891; Linz, Austria 
Notes: Ver: 1865-66 Leopold Nowak "Linz" edition 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, WAB 102 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1876; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Ver: 1876-76 Nowak edition 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Ver: 1888-89 Nowak edition
Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1872 - 1874).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1876 - 1879).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1887 - 1889). 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Ver: 1878-80 Robert Haas edition
Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1874 - 1886). 
5.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1881; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Ver: 1887-90 Nowak edition 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in C minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 1. Allegro molto moderato
Symphony No.1 in C minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 2. Adagio
Symphony No.1 in C minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 3. Scherzo. Lebhaft
Symphony No.1 in C minor - "Linz Version" 1866: 4. Finale. Bewegt und feurig
Symphony No.2 in C minor: 1. Moderato
Symphony No.2 in C minor: 2. Andante
Symphony No.2 in C minor: 3. Scherzo. Maessig schnell
Symphony No.2 in C minor: 4. Finale. Mehr schnell

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Unapproachable November 23, 2012 By George Leigh (Alderley, Queensland) See All My Reviews "Eugen Jochum was, in my view, by far the greatest conductor of Bruckner that the world has known. He was a superb conductor of all Germanic music, and understood Bruckner's music perfectly. He is unparalleled in managing the plan of the music, the tempo, the climaxes and all the individual parts in the orchestra. The important parts are brought out but the music never sounds noisy or cluttered. The recording quality of this set is very good, and much better than Jochum's later set on a different label. A special bonus is the booklet, which contains a must-read short essay by Jochum on the symphonies. It describes, among other things, the plans of the symphonies and the need for unvarying tempo in all of Bruckner's music. (I nevertheless consider that Jochum varies the tempo slightly too much in the quickening at the end of the first movement of Symphony No. 1 and in the slowing at the end of the first movement of No. 6.) The only real point for criticism of Jochum's Bruckner is the editions that he uses (Nowak for some and Haas for others). I am sure that had he lived later he would have used the Nowak editions for all of them. As an aside, my favourite Bruckner symphonies are numbers 8, 7, 6, 5 and 1; I don't know why the world is obsessed with No. 4." Report Abuse
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