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Release Date: 9/18/2012
Catalog Number: 64004
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Number of Discs: 20

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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 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
Works on This Recording
1. Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roland Hermann (Baritone), Helen Donath (Soprano), Robert Holl (Bass), Claes H. Ahnsjö (Tenor), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-49 ; Leipzig, Germany
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
Written: 1808 ;
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), Robert Holl (Bass), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Julia Hamari (Alto)
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
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
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
19. Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
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
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
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
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
24. Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
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
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), Edda Moser (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Julia Hamari (Alto)
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Period: Classical
Written: 1779 ; Salzburg, Austria
31. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Edda Moser (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Julia Hamari (Alto)
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Period: Classical
Written: 1780 ; Salzburg, Austria
32. 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
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