This 20CD set brings Eugen Jochum's various EMI recordings together in one collection for the first time. This includes the 'lost' Beethoven cycle with the LSO, majestic Brahms with the London Philharmonic and his outstanding Dresden Staatskapelle set of the Bruckner Symphonies. These recordings all date from the late 1970s and mark what was to be this great conductor's own 'Indian Summer' in the recording studio (contemporary with another great EMI maestro, Sir Adrian Boult).
Jochum was among several German conductors (including Kempe and Sawallisch) whom EMI engaged to fill the void left by Klemperer: a high priest of the central symphonic repertoire to rival Karajan on DG. Many of these Jochum recordings were critically acclaimed on initial LP release but for some reason did not enjoy the circulation they deserved. Indeed, the Beethoven cycle has been missing for years, turning up briefly about 10 years ago complete on CD on a small budget label. The Brahms has fared better, despite a clumsy coupling across two 'double forte' sets with Tennstedt's controversial 'Deutsches Requiem'. However, the Bruckner has remained a firm, bestselling favorite here on Amazon and elsewhere in a competitively priced budget set.
Now, ALL of these powerful and highly individual interpretations recorded in rich, full-bodied late analogue, make for a wonderful compendium for both this conductor's many admirers and as a great introduction to these cornerstones of orchestral literature. With Jochum's spiritually charged Munich recordings of the Bach B Minor Mass and Mozart's Coronation Mass as hefty bonus items, this set merits the highest recommendation.