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a truly great recording,
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This review is from: Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasia (Audio CD)
To my mind neither Eugen Jochum nor Emil Gilels received the acclaim appropriate to their genius while they were living. Even now it appears they are appreciated mainly by a small clique of true classical music lovers.
These two performances of Brahms' Piano Concertos are flawless. They were both recorded in 1972 when Jochum was age 69, and Gilels was 55. Two masters in their mature prime. Add to this The Berlin Philharmonic and recording by Deutsche Grammophon. This is perfect Brahms. The treatment of both concertos is equally superb, achieving a synthesis of piano and orchestra in performances of unfolding eloquence and power.
In 1987 at age 85 (a year before he died) Eugen Jochum was asked in an interview about his memory of great recordings. He singled out the 1972 Brahms with Gilels as perhaps the finest recording of his career.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2008 5:15:54 PM PST
Der Musiker says:
Just a correction to your statement: "In 1987 at age 85 (a year before he died) Eugen Jochum was asked in an interview........." Maestro Jochum died in München on March 26, 1987, aged 84.
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Frank Bunyard says:
Geoffrey Decker you are absolutely right. I can't locate the source of my original statement, so don't know if the age and date errors are mine or the sources. I have noticed a number of sources online that quote Jochum as saying that the Gilels recordings were either "the finest" or "among the finest" of his career. At this point I can't locate exactly when Jochum made the statement.
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