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Symphony 9 - Musik Series

Anton Bruckner , Eugen Jochum , Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra , Sinfonie-Orchester des Bayersichen Rundfunks Audio CD
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listen  1. 1. Feierlich. Misterioso - 1. Feierlich. Misterioso22:08Album Only
listen  2. 2. Scherzo (Bewegt lebhaft) - Trio (Schnell) - Scherzo da capo - 2. Scherzo (Bewegt lebhaft) - Trio (Schnell) - Scherzo da capo 9:45Album Only
listen  3. 3. Adagio (Langsam, feierlich) - 3. Adagio (Langsam, feierlich)27:09Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonie-Orchester des Bayersichen Rundfunks
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0002IJ8IK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bruckner, But... January 6, 2005
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I have fallen in love with DG's new "Musik...Sprache der Welt" series, but some of the titles feature selections that have already been or continue to be available on other CDs, and unfortunately this is one of them -- see Bruckner: Symphony Nos. 8 and 9. Regardless, conductor Eugen Jochum is generally regarded as one of, if not the single greatest, interpreter of Bruckner. His 1960s Symphony Cycle for DG, and his late 70s/early 80s one for EMI are the cornerstones of any Bruckner collection, and here we get to hear a 1954 mono account of the 9th Symphony with the Bavarian RSO to compare with later versions. While Jochum's stereo accounts of this massive work offer this listener more overall enjoyment, it is fascinating to discover even early on in the maestro's career how Bruckner thoroughly captured his imagination. This is a fantastic disc and certainly an historic one for serious Bruckner collectors, provided they haven't already bought the reissue pairing it with the 8th.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best performances of the 9th, ever July 16, 2008
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I must confess at once that this was one of the first recordings of Bruckner's 9th Symphony that I ever heard, in the late 1960's: I recall finding the slow movement particularly moving in Jochum's performance.

Over the intervening years my love of Bruckner's music broadened and deepened, and I have been fortunate to attend many live performances of his works as well as building up an extensive collection of his works on disc.

There are some performances that are just "right". This is one of them. I managed to acquire a copy of this, the latest DG reissue, a while ago and for some reason it was a little while before I had time to play it through without interruption. The performance now strikes me as even better than I originally thought, while the recording (though in mono) has come up very well and in no way detracted from my enjoyment of this glorious music.

Jochum was in many ways an ideal Bruckner conductor and had the happy gift of being able to convey the musical argument successfully while at the same time allowing the pace to quicken a little or relax as the music dictates. Far too many conductors of this score resort to crude "stop-start" methods with disastrous results. There are other performances that I cherish (Wand's live Lubeck Cathedral recording on EMI originally; Georg Tintner's on Naxos) but in my view this early Jochum performance is right up there among the chosen few.
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This is a MAJOR disappointment. I downloaded this version rather than getting the CD. I thought I had all of Jochum's 9ths and may find a copy of this in my collection later on in the CD format. But I took a chance since there seemed to be no other way, so I downloaded it. What an error! I had done that with other interesting but old Bruckner recordings to no serious harm.
For the person writing "This 1954 recording ['55 according to the liner] with the BRSO has been successfully remastered - the boxy mono sound at the commencement soon gives way to a more rounded picture." I must take deep exception. He may be right on a CD, normally DGG always gets these early mono recordings to sound very fine. But the download is another kettle of fish and a stinky one at that.
The area around 2 kiloHertz or two thousand cycles, the most sensitive area in the human ear, when played above a mezzo piano begins to have crackling sounds. On speakers with a lot of bass this is covered over to some extent but is still there. On Sennheisser Headphones (HD600s) it is AWFUL! Every climax is ruined by this extra non-consonant noise. Bruckner wrote his most outrageous dissonance in this score, but it is outweighed by the horrid distortion from the transfer to the download arena. I'm guessing at this by the way. Maybe DGG DID make a mess of this - I don't buy it though. On closer comparison to the CD (see below) I find a touch of reverb has probably been added. The reasons for the distortion are very technical and I'm extremely disappointed; I will ask for my money back.

So be on guard. Get the CD when possible. All my other Bruckner's with Jochum on this label are fine, so I stand by what I say.

The performance is slightly rawer in nature compared to Jochum's later versions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted - Demons February 28, 2012
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Bruckner-wise, Robert Simpson is still ex cathedra. In his discussion on the Ninth Symphony - a work that Bruckner dedicated to God - he rightly says that in certain instances one can sense that the composer himself is terrified by what he has unleashed with his pen. To my ears, it is less of a `Dark Night of the Soul' and more of a cosmic eclipse. Or perhaps the Tiresias-within could foresee Flanders and the Paper-Hanger.

Here on Amazon, a San Andreas fault-line divides Bruckner devotees into two camps. Most - but not all - will readily concede the excellence of Furtwangler or Karajan in this domain but Eugen Jochum is a far more divisive figure. Many acclaim his Bruckner to high heaven - and among their number are some formidable intellects. On my part, I have most of his DG and EMI series and as the years go by, I find them increasingly unlistenable: they're shelf-cloggers. Nor am I Robinson Crusoe.

Prose and Poetry jointly uphold the structure in any Bruckner symphony. Patience is mandatory. When that is lacking, a conductor will become a plodder in this repertoire - and all the old calumnies that were once hurled against `Mister Symphonic Boa Constrictor' gain legs. I am not against `gear-changes' per se in this music - Furtwangler is incorrigible in that respect - but Jochum's `cat on a hot tin roof' (scramble - pause - scramble) though a Bruckner Symphony - in my view at least - impairs its innate dignity and momentum. Yes Virginia, it is possible to be more energetic than one's rivals and still be laced with longueurs. But there is a more deepset issue.

Anyone can stand on the edge of the abyss and summon the spirits - but will they come?
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