Eugen Jochum – Choral Recordings on Philips
Eugen Jochum
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4842000
Barcode
00028948420001
Format
13-CD
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TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

CDs 1–2          
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
(1685–1750)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Lois Marshall, soprano I
Hertha Töpper, soprano II
Peter Pears, tenor
Kim Borg, Hans Braun, bass
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
EUGEN JOCHUM

CDs 3–5
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
(1685–1750)
Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)
Ernst Haefliger, tenor (Evangelist)
Walter Berry, bass (Jesus)
Agnes Giebel, soprano
Marga Höffgen, alto
John van Kesteren, tenor (arias)
Franz Crass, Leo Ketelaars, bass (arias)
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Boys’ Chorus of St. Willibrord’s, Amsterdam
Concertgebouworkest
EUGEN JOCHUM


CDs 6–7
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
(1685–1750)
Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 (St. John Passion)
Ernst Haefliger, tenor (Evangelist)
Walter Berry, bass (Jesus)
Agnes Giebel, soprano (arias & Ancilla)
Marga Höffgen, alto (arias)
Alexander Young, tenor (arias & Servus)
Franz Crass, bass (arias & Petrus, Pilatus)
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Concertgebouworkest
EUGEN JOCHUM


CDs 8–10
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248
(Christmas Oratorio)
Elly Ameling,
soprano (arias & Engel)
Brigitte Fassbaender, alto (arias)
Horst R. Laubenthal, tenor (arias & Evangelist)
Hermann Prey, bass (arias & Herodes)
Tölzer Knabenchor
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
EUGEN JOCHUM


CDs 11–12
JOSEPH HAYDN
(1732–1809)
Die Schöpfung, Hob. XXI:2 (The Creation)
Agnes Giebel,
soprano (Gabriel, Eva)
Waldemar Kmentt, tenor (Uriel)
Gottlob Frick, bass (Raphael, Adam)
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
EUGEN JOCHUM

RUDOLF MENGELBERG (1892–1959)
Magnificat
Annie Woud, alto
Concertgebouworkest
EUGEN JOCHUM

CD 13
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Missa solemnis, Op. 123
Agnes Giebel, soprano
Marga Höffgen, alto
Ernst Haefliger, tenor
Karl Ridderbusch, bass
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Concertgebouworkest
EUGEN JOCHUM

Recording information

CDs 1–2
Recording Producer: Us van der Meulen
Recording Engineers: Herbert Schack, Bruno Taschner
Recording Location: Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany, December 1957 (Live Recording)

CDs 3–5
Recording Producer: Jaap van Ginneken
Balance Engineer: Hans Lauterslager
Recording Engineers: Cees Huizinga, Gerard Janszen, Tony Buczynski, Martin Vos
Recording Location: Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 20–30 November 1965
Original Philips Release: 835 372-75 AY: 1966

CDs 6–7
Recording Producer: Jaap van Ginneken
Recording Engineers: Cees Huizinga, Gerard Janszen
Recording Location: Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 3–8 June 1967

CDs 8–10
Recording Producer: Volker Straus
Recording Engineers: Cees Huizinga, Martin Vos, Joost Hummeling
Recording Location: Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany, 9–15 October 1972
Original Philips Release: 6703 037: 1973

CD 11 – CD 12 (tracks 1 – 7)
Recording Producer: Jaap van Ginneken
Recording Engineers: Cees Huizinga, Gerard Janszen
Recording Location:
Residenz, Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany, 9–15 July 1966

CD 12 (track 8)
Recording Producer: unknown
Recording Engineer: unknown
Recording Location: Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 1952

CD 13
Recording Producer: Jaap van Ginneken
Recording Engineers: Cees Huizinga, Gerard Janszen, Frans van Dongen
Recording Location:
Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24–29 September 1970

Reviews

“This performance is shaped by a first-class musician. The choral lines, as for example in the great fugue of the Kyrie, are moulded with loving care … The orchestra is unfailingly eloquent, and special praise is due to the various instrumental soloists.” High Fidelity, October 1958 (Bach: Mass in B minor)

“A soft gently and dignified approach to the score that stresses its contemplative aspects.” Choral Music on Record, 1991 (Bach: Mass in B minor)

“Jochum has apparently chosen the ‘big’ approach. And yet, despite the size of his performing bodies, he has avoided the pitfall of having them get lost in a mass of sound, by the expedient of keeping them moving.” Stereo Review, December 1958 (Bach: Mass in B minor)

“The best St. Matthew Passion I have ever heard! The best choro-orchestral album of 1967!” Cincinnati Enquirer (Bach: St. Matthew Passion)

“A performance of considerable mass and scope … Haefliger is a very good Evangelist, skilled and understanding. Berry is in excellent form, rich-voiced and steady; he introduces more colour into his role than other performers of the part on records, stressing the human side of Jesus … Very good sound throughout.” High Fidelity, January 1968 (Bach: St. Matthew Passion)

“The vocalists, it must be said, are among the best one could hear in any Bach Passion today; particularly admirable is Ernst Haefliger, who as the Evangelist provides drama, rhetoric, and sensitivity.” Stereo Review, March 1968 (Bach: St. Matthew Passion)

“A loving, supple, dramatic and colourful reading, with much ebb and flow.” Choral Music on Record, 1991 (Bach: St. Matthew Passion)

“A superbly convincing performance of the closing pages … Thrilling singing … A profound experience fully worthy of the music.” Gramophone, April 1968 (Bach: St. John Passion)

“Sincere and deeply felt … The soloists are an experienced set vocally and always good to hear.” Gramophone, April 1985 (Bach: St. John Passion)

“From nearly all standpoints an excellent performance … Rhythmically vital.” Stereo Review, January 1974 (Bach: Christmas Oratorio)

“The choral singing is simply splendid, as vivid in brilliant choruses, as warm in quietly sustained music … The sheer artistry of everyone concerned commends it most to me, plus its superlative recording.” Gramophone, September 1973 (Bach: Christmas Oratorio)

“Beautifully and incisively executed and well recorded.” High Fidelity, February 1974 (Bach: Christmas Oratorio)

“This splendid performance and recording gave me very great pleasure … Jochum gets very good and finely pointed playing.” Gramophone, March 1967 (Haydn)

“[Jochum’s] abundant vitality is at once apparent at the start of the Gloria … and his feeling for line and mood is equally apparent at the start of the Gratias.” Gramophone, October 1971 (Beethoven)

“Eugen Jochum has good soloists and a marvellous orchestra at his command, and he secures from them an eloquent and devotional performance.” Stereo Review, June 1973 (Beethoven)

“The heart of the matter … truth … spiritual intensity can hardly be demonstrated as matters of fact, though to my mind Jochum has them.” Choral Music on Record, 1991 (Beethoven)