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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Glorious Reissue Game
As the previous review stated correctly, this is indeed the EMI set of Jochum (his second, with the Dresden Staatskapelle) - and for good meassure BRILLIANT threw in the "Nullte" (0) with Skrowaczewski. That being established, it gets a hearty recommendation because you get an additional (and very well performed) Bruckner symphony for less money. Jochum's Bruckner is...
Published on November 20, 2005 by J. F. Laurson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 3rd, blah 7th
I concur with the other reviews on the site, although the quality of the Bruckner 3rd found here is being a bit underadvertised.

Let's start with the positive. Jochum and the Staatskapelle Dreden present a sometimes very good Bruckner 3rd symphony. The performance uses the later 1889 edition of the much-revised 3rd, with a shorter finale that I think marks a...
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Glorious Reissue Game, November 20, 2005
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J. F. Laurson (Washington, DC United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Complete Symphonies (Audio CD)
As the previous review stated correctly, this is indeed the EMI set of Jochum (his second, with the Dresden Staatskapelle) - and for good meassure BRILLIANT threw in the "Nullte" (0) with Skrowaczewski. That being established, it gets a hearty recommendation because you get an additional (and very well performed) Bruckner symphony for less money. Jochum's Bruckner is nothing if not very good and reliable... ever consistent (there is little give or take between this and the earlier Munich/Berlin cycle on DG) and respectful to Bruckner. Jochum's is the safest of recommendations in complete Bruckner sets - and that's not damning with faint praise, either. I may prefer Guenter Wand or Celibidache (an extroverted choice if you haven't already come well acquainted with Bruckner) but I never mind returning to Jochum.

The EMI set can easily be had for less than $81 dollars, taking the edge of this set's price advantage... then again, you should soon enough see this set for far less than $62, too. We can only assume that these recordings have been licensed from EMI (why would EMI do that, when their set is still on the market?) - if not, grab it now before they win another lawsuite (as in the case they settled with Naxos, causing Naxos to withdraw all their recordings based on 50+ year old EMI/Polygram recordings)

Don't be afraid of this set's low price - it's not "so cheap, it can't be good". This is - as often (if not always) with Brilliant - some of the finest that there is to offer and no one would regret the purchase. Those who have thought about getting the EMI cycle on top of the DG cycle have now 21 more arguments to do so, too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the ninth alone, November 9, 2007
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William Michaels (Hillsborough, NJ United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Complete Symphonies (Audio CD)
I have probably heard about 15 different recordings of Bruckner's 9th, one of my favorite works of music, and thought I would NEVER hear a version better than the Horenstein/Vienna Symphony. But Jochum's appropriates the crown. His grasp of the symphony is equal to Horenstein's, but his orchestra and ability to present detail are superior, as is the recording itself.

This set also contains probably the best version of the Fifth I have ever heard, and has no weak links that I know of. The version I am thinking of, though clearly the same recording, does not have the "Nullte." All the more reason to get its newer incarnation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 3rd, blah 7th, March 14, 2014
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This review is from: Symphonies 3 & 7 (Audio CD)
I concur with the other reviews on the site, although the quality of the Bruckner 3rd found here is being a bit underadvertised.

Let's start with the positive. Jochum and the Staatskapelle Dreden present a sometimes very good Bruckner 3rd symphony. The performance uses the later 1889 edition of the much-revised 3rd, with a shorter finale that I think marks a beneficial change from earlier versions. The highpoint is a vivid Adagio, a movement that like much of the 3rd is quite reminiscent of Beethoven's mighty 9th. Jochum leads an intense, lush performance of this spiritual music. Another portion of the performance I found very effective was the development of the opening Allegro, where Jochum and the Staatskapelle generate a mood of tranquility in the midst of what overall is a bombastic movement. Drawbacks to this performance include a lack of refinement and detail in the phrasing at points, best illustrated in a Scherzo - music that strongly prefigures Gustav Mahler - that doesn't possess the detail and show the same care as other interpretations. But this is often a direct, strong, often powerful performance.

This lack of refinement is increased in the next disc, an unfortunately blah rendition of one of Bruckner's best efforts, the long 7th symphony. The performance is OK with nothing to recommend it. I'll point to the development of the opening Allegro moderato, where the section dominated by the winds has phrasing that is blunt and not crafted with care. This defect is found in the rest of the movement although Jochum does better in the recapitulation (18' in). The rest of the symphony exhibits these traits, especially in the underwhelming playing of the Scherzo, probably the least satisfactory version I have heard. I highly recommend the Nicholas Harnoncourt disc of the 7th with the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as an alternative.

None of this is helped by mediocre sound engineering, with some harshness in the treble. I think this is an average release, with a successful 3rd highlighted by the Adagio offset by a 7th that for whatever reason is just off. As alternatives, I suggest recordings of these symphonies by Harnoncourt and also by Herbert von Karajan. Also, Furtwangler's 1940s performance of the 7th is similar interpretatively to Jochum's but done with more vivacity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sampling of Jochum's logy, uninspired Bruckner, May 24, 2006
This review is from: Symphonies 3 & 7 (Audio CD)
To my ears, these Bruckner readings of Sym. #3 and #7 fall far short of the accolade "wonderful" as bestowed by the Amazon reviewer. Jochum's Third starts off mysteriously enough, until a blast of crude brass entries breaks the mood. There's a lot more brash, crude playing to come. Throughout the first and last movement Bruckner's energizing ostinato rhythms sound leaden instead of invigorating.

The Seventh is a far greater work, and therefore Jochum's pedestrian reading, mostly slow and slack in every movement but particularly lugubrious in the Andante, has farther to fall. The Dresden Staatskapelle plays with no particular distinction, and EMI's sound is average for Seventies analog. In sum, the only reason to acquire this bargain two-fer is to find out if Jochum is your cup of tea, and then you can proceed to other installments or even invest in the whole set (which is quite cheap on the used market).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go for the DG cycle if you want to hear a better Seventh, April 30, 2007
This review is from: Symphonies 3 & 7 (Audio CD)
I kind of agree with "Santa Fe Listener" when he described this as crude. Compared to the DG cycle of the symphonies by Jochum, this EMI twofer does sound rougher and cruder, especially, in the Seventh Symphony. Buy the DG box set, and I'm sure you'll love the much smoother and spiritual Seventh on it. Sometimes the brass does come through as crude and pungent but sometimes it can be to good effect. In the DG cycle he is conducting the great Berlin Philharmonic, but this time around it's the lesser Dresden State Orchestra, so just go out and buy the DG boxed set and you'll be quite happy with that purchase.
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