Three symphonies conducted by the (relatively) young Eugen Jochum offer an excellent programme. True, the recordings are pretty ancient, from 1944 (Beethoven 5 and Bruckner 3) and 1948 (Mozart 33), and offer quite harsh sound, but they were all taped at the time (as opposed to being limited to short takes)and accordingly the performances were uninterrupted and, hence, provide an essential musical unity in each case.
The Beethoven is given a decisive and dramatic performance; the Mozart is fleet and mercurial, with surprisingly few portamenti; the Bruckner is appropriately bold and lyrical by turns.
This two-disc set is first rate and gives a valuable glimpse into a performing era of long ago under a conductor whom most of us only heard in his old age. The notes in the Music and Arts issue, by Mark W. Kluge, are exemplary as always with this company.