Eugen Jochum: The Orchestral Recordings on Philips | Australian Eloquence ELQ4840600

Eugen Jochum: The Orchestral Recordings on Philips

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4840600

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 15

Release Date: 15th May 2020

Contents

Artists

Veronica Jochum von Moltke (piano)
Adalbert Meier (organ)
Annie Woud (alto)
Liselotte Rebmann (soprano)
Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano)
Anton de Ridder (tenor)
Gerd Feldhoff (bass)
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Concertgebouworkest
Bamberger Symphoniker
Berliner Philharmoniker
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Eugen Jochum

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV541

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Consecration of the House (Die Weihe des Hauses) Overture, op.124
Coriolan Overture, op.62
Egmont Overture, op.84
Fidelio, op.72
» Overture
Leonore Overture no.1, op.138
Leonore Overture no.2, op.72a
Leonore Overture no.3 in C major, op.72b
Piano Concerto no.1 in C major, op.15
Symphonies 1-9 (complete)
Symphony no.5 in C minor, op.67
Zur Namensfeier Overture, op.115

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.5 in B flat major

Bruhns, Nikolaus

Praeludium in E minor

Daquin, Louis-Claude

Noel no.10 'Grand jeu et Duo'

Mengelberg, Rudolf

Magnificat

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.14 in E flat major, K449
Symphony no.35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'
Symphony no.36 in C major, K425 'Linz'
Symphony no.38 in D major, K504 'Prague'
Symphony no.41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'
Symphony no.8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Schumann, Robert

Symphony no.4 in D minor, op.120

Strauss, Richard

Der Rosenkavalier: Suite
Don Juan, op.20
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op.28

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Overture
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1
» Prelude to Act 3
Tannhauser
» Overture
Tristan und Isolde
» Prelude and Liebestod

Artists

Veronica Jochum von Moltke (piano)
Adalbert Meier (organ)
Annie Woud (alto)
Liselotte Rebmann (soprano)
Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano)
Anton de Ridder (tenor)
Gerd Feldhoff (bass)
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Concertgebouworkest
Bamberger Symphoniker
Berliner Philharmoniker
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Eugen Jochum

About

According to one former violist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eugen Jochum was the type of conductor ‘who doesnt “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 in 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 a new foreword 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 sprit, 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

‘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

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