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Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Jochum, Dresden

Bruckner / Staatskapelle Dresden / Jochum
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 8458325   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Has any Brucknerian not heard at least some of this cycle? It has appeared on EMI multiple times, Brilliant Classics, Musical Heritage Society, and now here it is, on Warner. It is billed as “the complete symphonies,” which of course it is not, since the two “zeros” are missing–the Brilliant Classics set included the Skrowaczewski versions for completeness’ sake. I don’t miss them; Bruckner said they were worthless and he was mostly right. So you only get the canonical nine works here, but no matter. This remains one of the reference sets, and whoever issues it, as long as it stays in print, then fine and good.

Since we have already reviewed these performances, both together and individually, on numerous occasions, let me be
Read more brief about the pluses and minuses of this set. Jochum left a better Symphony No. 4 with the Berlin Philharmonic in his DG cycle, but otherwise all of these performances are as good as or better then those. He never really came to grips with the Eighth Symphony. Nevertheless, this is still his most convincing performance of that work–a lean, swift (save the Adagio) interpretation that will disappoint those who regard it as the most monumental of them all.

Jochum clearly reserved that judgment for the Fifth Symphony, which actually takes a bit longer than the Eighth in his hands and which he recorded regularly throughout his career. Of the half dozen or so versions that he left us, between commercial and live issues, this one is clearly the best. Typically, it benefits from a huge range of tempo and dynamics, but it also offers the most natural transitions and balances between sections, nowhere more so than in the finale where, if you’re going to slam on the breaks for the massive final chorale, this is surely the way to do it.

As for the remaining symphonies, Nos. 1-3 are all excellent, No. 6 is particularly lively and effortless, No. 7 is absolutely glorious, with an Adagio to die for, and Jochum’s No. 9 is unmatched in its savagery and intensity. You just can’t go wrong here. Through it all, the Staatskapelle Dresden plays with its customary warmth and beauty of tone, but also with a transparency of texture that never weighs the music down unnecessarily. The sonics are good, sometimes perhaps a touch bright, but never unpleasantly so. Jochum uses the Nowak editions throughout, a sticking point with some hard-core Bruckner folks, but I have to say that the better I have come to know the music the less I care. It’s a non-issue. Just enjoy the great performances.

– David Hurwitz, 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:  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. 
2. 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. 
3. 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. 
4. 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. 
5. 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. 
6. 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. 
7. 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. 
8. 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. 
9. 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. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 bruckner visited August 19, 2014 By anthony HOPE (toowoomba, Queensland) See All My Reviews "these cds were well worth the purchase price as i quite enjoyed them the quality was very good and the content also very good ." Report Abuse
 Worth the wait July 22, 2014 By Reg Jones (Hamilton, VA) See All My Reviews "Having this set of Burckner symphonies conducted by Eugen Jochum is a dream fulfilled. My first Bruckner Fifth reording was with Jochum on a Capitol/Telefunken LP. And it was impressive. His creditials as a Burcknerite are formidable, as this set proves. The recordings come from 1975-1980 and the sound is good, if not exceptional. The program notes are skimpy and genralized. If you aren't a Brucker fan you might feel unprepared for what you are hearing. If you are, the notes won't matter." Report Abuse
 Graceful, Energetic Readings, An Orchestra at Top June 20, 2014 By James Martin (Corpus Christi, TX) See All My Reviews "I've heard many conductors try to make one of these nine (well, eight and a half) symphonies their own, but Jochum's versions with the Dresden orchestra is best. I play them back to back, and the progression is astonishing: having started brilliantly, Bruckner just kept getting better and better. Jochum is the best interpreter ever." Report Abuse
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