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Jochum,Eugene
Release Date: 09/18/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64004   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsAnton Bruckner,   ... 
Performer:  Brigitte FassbaenderClaes H. AhnsjöRoland HermannHelen Donath,   ... 
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio ChorusLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 20 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jochum’s Essential 4 Bs

The fourth “B” of course is Bruckner, and Jochum’s authority in that music is so well known as to require little further comment from me. Suffice it to say that his Dresden Bruckner cycle remains a reference edition. Only in the Fourth Symphony does his earlier effort (for DG with the Berlin Philharmonic) eclipse the remake, and his EMI recordings of the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth have few equals. But the real value of this 20 CD set rests in everything else, because Jochum was a very great conductor in the standard German repertoire, one who was largely overshadowed by bigger “names” on the labels for which he recorded.

His Bach, for example, was glorious, and he recorded a lot
Read more of it, mostly for Philips. At the very end of his career, however, he made this EMI digital version of the B Minor Mass with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its exceptional chorus. The result, once again, is one of the reference versions of the work, and as a performance using large forces it virtually stands alone. Sample the conclusion of the Credo (first sound clip) and be honest: have you ever heard anything so uplifting and sonically magnificent?

Next we have Jochum’s Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. Jochum actually recorded these symphonies three times: first for DG, then with the Concertgebouw for Philips, and finally this cycle, which remains the best of them. It was Jochum’s Beethoven that earned him the reputation as a Furtwängler disciple, both for his sometimes leisurely tempos as well as for his rhythmic freedom and powerful shaping of structure and line. The difference was that Jochum also got the disciplined results from his players that his elder colleague neither matched nor (evidently) cared about. Sample the coda of the Seventh Symphony’s first movement (second sound clip); yes the tempo isn’t as quick as we’re used to today, but notice the amazing balance of sonority between strings and winds and the clarity of Beethoven’s harmonic substructure. No period instrument performance comes close to letting you hear so much, and more importantly, the music never sounds slow because of the richness of information that each moment conveys.

Jochum was also one of the great Brahms conductors of the 20th century, and both of his cycles remain reference editions that are well worth hearing. His remake for EMI, with the London Philharmonic is absolutely stunning form, yields to no one in terms of expressive range, excitement, and impact. Jochum’s shaping of the Second Symphony’s first movement ought to be required listening for all future interpreters–seldom has the music flowed so effortlessly. The coda of the Fourth Symphony’s finale offers an especially powerful (and paradigmatic) example of his remarkable ability to achieve the most powerful results through a flexible handling of tempo (third sound clip). And just listen to the orchestra play!

Aside from the 4Bs, this set also includes Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vesperae solennes de confessore in performances (Bavarian Radio again) that match the standard set in Jochum’s Bach. All of the vocal soloists do an excellent job (an experienced opera conductor, Jochum always chose well), the sonics are uniformly fine throughout the set, and the simple truth is that there is no more impressive and consistent group of performances of this music by any other conductor, anywhere, whether separately or in a box. Having it all packaged together really does make you wonder how it is that Jochum’s achievement has been so underrated (except in Bruckner) for all these years.

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

1.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Claes H. Ahnsjö (Tenor), Roland Hermann (Baritone),
Helen Donath (Soprano), Robert Holl (Bass)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 122 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Julia Hamari (Alto),
Robert Holl (Bass)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
11.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
12.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
13.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
14.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
15.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
16.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
17.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1891; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 47 Minutes 8 Secs. 
18.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, WAB 102 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1876; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1980 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 52 Minutes 41 Secs. 
19.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1977 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 55 Minutes 13 Secs. 
20.
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1975 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 65 Minutes 7 Secs. 
21.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 77 Minutes 30 Secs. 
22.
Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1881; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1978 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 56 Minutes 23 Secs. 
23.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 69 Minutes 27 Secs. 
24.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1976 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 76 Minutes 7 Secs. 
25.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1978 
Venue:  St. Luke's Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 60 Minutes 46 Secs. 
26.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Julia Hamari (Alto),
Edda Moser (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Language: Latin 
31.
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edda Moser (Soprano), Julia Hamari (Alto), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Language: Latin 

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