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Eugen Jochum The Orchestral Recordings On Philips (15CD)

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
15
Release Date:
15-05-2020
Packaging:
Box Set
Catalog Number:
ELQ4840600
Eugen Jochum  The Orchestral Recordings On Philips (15CD)
Eugen Jochum  The Orchestral Recordings On Philips (15CD)

Description

According to one former violist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eugen Jochum was the type of conductor 'who doesn't "put on" spectacular performances, but whose music-making always bears the stamp of honesty. He is enthusiastic during a concert and also conveys his intentions to the orchestra without any affectation'. The sincerity and integrity of Jochum's musical character is conveyed with a unique sweep across his mastery of Austro-German repertoire operatic as well as symphonic music in this new Eloquence Classics box set dedicated to his recordings for the Dutch Philips label. The first five discs present the second of the conductor's complete cycles of Beethoven symphonies, made in the late 1960s. In its plain-spoken but beautifully recorded and played way, this Amsterdam cycle stands the test of time against his earlier Berlin and later London cycles, not least thanks to the particularly harmonious relationship cultivated by Jochum with the great Dutch ensemble (he shared the chief conductorship with Bernard Haitink for three years). These Philips recordings continue with more Beethoven, a collection of overtures, several receiving their first international release on CD, and a Fifth Symphony from Berlin in 1951. Other notable rarities are saved for the last disc: a solo-vocal Magnificat by Rudolf Mengelberg (cousin of the conductor Willem), recorded in Jochum's first studio sessions with the Concertgebouw in 1952, and a short sequence of organ works played by Adalbert Meier. This formed Side 4 of the original release of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, recorded live at the Rococo splendour of the basilica attached to the Benedictine monastery of Ottobeuren in Bavaria, which was celebrating the 1200th anniversary of its foundation in 1964 when the Concertgebouw gave a performance there unique even in Jochum's distinguished Bruckner discography for its radiance as well as its unerring sense of pulse. At the centre of the new Eloquence box, Jochum's often-underrated way with Wagner and Strauss is well represented by his Philips recordings of overtures and tone-poems (including two versions each of Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, from 1952 and stereo remakes from 1960). There are four grand and splendid accounts of late Mozart symphonies, as well as a pair of piano concertos by Beethoven and Mozart recorded with the Bamberg SO and his daughter Veronica, who also contributes to Niek Nelissen's fascinating note for this unrivalled collection of her father's work. 'The interpretation is masterly. I enjoyed this performance thoroughly in fact, I enjoyed it more than any other I have heard on record.' Gramophone, October 1954 (Till Eulenspiegel) '[The Concertgebouw] plays for him as well as it ever has on records. Among the fine features of these performances are the lovely, singing tone in cantabile passages, the masculine vigor of the tuttis, the extreme care in the choice of bowings in order to obtain the best articulation ... As a performance, KV 504 has no recorded superior.' High Fidelity, July 1962 (Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 36 & 38) 'Exciting renditions that are properly weighty and festive in mood. The excellent orchestral work is clean and precise, and the authoritative conducting is full of ésprit, with well-chosen tempi.' Stereo Review, October 1962 (Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 36 & 38) 'This performance is in the end extremely satisfying, whatever one's puristic objections. The slow movement is very good, and so is the Scherzo.' Musical Times, February 1966 (Bruckner: Symphony No.5) 'The entire project has been carried through with the greatest possible care ... flawless orchestral performance coupled with recorded sound that makes utterly clear, without any loss of warmth, every detail of line and color written into the music. Special compliments are in order for the fine team of vocal soloists and the excellent choral work in the Ninth Symphony.' Stereo Review, September 1970 (Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9) 'Every now and then a record one is tempted to ignore because the material is so overexposed turns out to be exceptionally or even irresistibly attractive: Jochum's Beethoven Fifth with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Philips was a notable example.' Stereo Review, May 1974 (Beethoven: Symphony No. 5) 'His performances of the Mozart symphonies were incomparable, combining as they did both rhythmic vigour and a high degree of sensitive warmth A Philips recording of Nos. 36 and 38 shows him at his best in this music.' Gramophone, March 1998 'Highly distinctive recordings always dashing and stylish.' Gramophone, December 1998 (Schubert, Schumann symphonies) 'This Philips version [of Bruckner's Fifth] retains a certain ritualistic symbolism, owing as much to the devotional setting in which the recording was made as to Jochum's old-fashioned interpretive values [it] also has a sense of occasion not matched by the Dresden (EMI) or Munich (DG) versions.' Classics Today, 2001 'Exciting renditions that are properly weighty and festive in mood. The excellent orchestral work is clean and precise, and the authoritative conducting is full of ésprit, with well-chosen tempi.' Stereo Review, October 1962 (Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 36 & 38) *FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 In C Major, Op. 21
  3. Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 36
  4. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 In E Flat Major, Op. 55 Eroica
  5. Symphony No. 8 In F Major, Op. 93
  6. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 In B Flat Major, Op. 60
  7. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92
  8. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67
  9. Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68 Pastoral
  10. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 Choral
  11. BEETHOVEN: Overtures - Leonore No. 1, Op. 138
  12. Leonore No. 2, Op. 72a
  13. Leonore No. 3, Op. 72b (1960 Recording)*
  14. Die Weihe Des Hauses, Op. 124*
  15. Egmont, Op. 84*
  16. Zur Namensfeier, Op. 115*
  17. Coriolan, Op. 62*
  18. BEETHOVEN: Leonore No. 3, Op. 72b (1969 Recording)
  19. Fidelio, Op. 72c
  20. Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, Op. 15*
  21. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14 In E Flat Major, KV 449*
  22. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Symphony No. 36 In C Major, KV 425 Linz
  23. Symphony No. 38 In D Major, KV 504 Prague
  24. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART:Symphony No. 35 In D Major, KV 385 Haffner
  25. Symphony No. 41 In C Major, KV 551 Jupiter
  26. FRANZ SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4 In C Minor, D. 417 Tragic*
  27. ROBERT SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 In D Minor, Op. 120*
  28. FRANZ SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 In B Minor, D.759 Unfinished*
  29. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67*
  30. RICHARD STRAUSS: Don Juan, Op. 20 (1952 Recording)
  31. Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, Op. 28 (1952 Recording)
  32. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 Suite Of Waltzes
  33. Don Juan, Op. 20 (1960 Recording)
  34. Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, Op. 28 (1960 Recording)
  35. RICHARD WAGNER: Der Fliegende Hollander: Overture*
  36. Tristan Und Isolde: Prelude And Liebestod*
  37. Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - Prelude To Act I*
  38. Prelude To Act III*
  39. Tannhauser: Overture*
  40. ANTON BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major
  41. Organ Music: NICOLAUS BRUHNS: Praeludium No. 3 In E Minor*
  42. LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN: Noel No. 10 In G Major Grand Jeu Et Duo*
  43. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Prelude And Fugue In G Major, BWV 541*
  44. RUDOLF MENGELBERG: Magnificat°
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