HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 1 (Jochum)


This album has been reviewed many times and by better critics than I. All I will add is that this is THE Bruckner set to get. Jochum is unexcelled with Bruckner.
Many many thanks to the mother of a friend for this gift

# Composer: Anton Bruckner
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcast
# Conductor:
Eugen Jochum
# Vinyl (1959-67)
# Number of Discs: 1/11
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: 
# Size: 906 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

The late romantic Wagner-influenced symphonies by Anton Bruckner were not always accepted critically on their first performance. Viennese critics and members of the ultraconservative, competing Brahms camp derided Bruckner’s lengthy symphonic treatises, characterizing his Symphony No. 8 as a “symphonic boa constrictor.”

While Germans accepted the Bruckner symphonic canon as part of the standard repertory for a century, the rest of the world had to wait for the post World War II LP era to hear them all. Today, all nine symphonies — as well as Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 0, or “Nullte”, and the so-called “Study” symphony — have been accepted by the musicgoing public.

Beloved by fans for his achingly beautiful adagios — the adagio from the Symphony No. 7 was played in Berlin after Adolf Hitler’s death was announced — Bruckner’s symphonies can touch the heart while confusing the brain. For these and other reasons, the composer often re-wrote the scores, leaving behind many editions, most of which have appeared in recent years.

For a couple generations of 78, LP, tape, CD and now download fans, Eugen Jochum (1902-87) was among the more reliable guides through the peaks and valleys of Bruckner. He combined the better traits of Wilhelm Furtwangler (romantic phraseologic elasticity) with Karajan (literalist power and Germanic heft) and has influenced many later Bruckner conductors including Petri Sakari.

Jochum does this with a magical approach to the composer’s granitic music; unpredicatable and always appropriate is the way to describe his approach. His work capitalizes on the misterioso elements so often caught in the transition between Bruckner’s loud and soft parts, all the while adhering to the composer’s orchestration built on organ registrations.

Among other qualities, Jochum is the most unusual and unique of major Bruckner interpreters. Unlike Gunther Wand, he does not always project Bruckner’s beloved Alps in this music. Unlike Georg Solti, he senses the inate beauty and religious fervor of the music. Unlike Georg Tintner, he does not concern himself with scores, even though Jochum was a close friend of a Bruckner annotator. Unlike Karajan, he is not wedded to a traditional German approach to the symphonic edifices. Only Furtwangler, in recordings that stress the 21st Century ear, compares to Jochum as a Bruckner interpreter.

Jochum recorded the complete symphonies of Bruckner again later in life and that set is still available on the EMI label. In addtion, there are various other single and double CDs available of his work. While Jochum’s second set on EMI enjoys better sound and a better Symphony 8, the playing is inferior and the overall concept less well defined that what he achieved in Berlin and Bavaria. For me, this earlier German set is the one to live with.

In the four decades since he recorded these titanic symphonies, no record, tape, CD or download has equalled the majesty and mystery Jochum finds in the Symphonies 1 and 2. He brings to them an unerring sense of pace, anticipation and freed musical pulse characterize these early symphonies, which are often not well served by even the greatest conductors. In addition, few conductors sense the architecture Jochum constructs in Symphonies 6 and 8. And since Furtwangler’s death in 1954, no conductor has compared to the universal truths he projects in Symphony 5, a Jochum specialty that he recorded a half-dozen times.

What else makes Jochum special? While many conductors turn Bruckner’s symphonic ascensions into repetitive blather, Jochum always finds something new to say in repeating phrases — not unlike opening the drawers of a cabinet, each appearing exactly the same outside but containing something very different on the inside. This is the difference between expert Bruckner advocacy and interpretation and reading the score.

Jochum is hardly alone as a fine Bruckner interpreter. Another German, Gunther Wand, tunred in many marvelous recordings and his entire set of symphonies from Cologne can still be had. There have been two fine low-priced sets of Bruckner symphonies in recent years, those conducted by the late Georg Tintner and the one conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. The Tintner version enjoys special status with many critics because it uses a newer edition of the score by William Carragan, who has written extensively about the composer in American Record Guide. The Skrowaczewski set has been widely hailed by its diehard fans for its straightforwardness and its mix of persuasion and power.

 Analyzed folder: /96k Bruckner – All Symphonies – Jochum/96k Bruckner – Jochum – Symphony No1
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR12        -1.26 dB     -19.66 dB     A1 Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 Allegro.wav
 DR13        -4.27 dB     -24.02 dB     A2 Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 Adagio.wav
 DR12        -2.50 dB     -19.66 dB     B1 Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 Scherzo- Schnell.wav
 DR12        -0.72 dB     -17.50 dB     B2 Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101 Finale-Bewegt, feurig.wav
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Denon DL 103 (loaned)
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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19 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 1 (Jochum)

  1. I’m ashamed to admit this: I’ve never heard much of Bruckner’s music. This 1st Symphony is beautiful. A first for me.

    I appreciate the introduction Cavaliere Rachmaninoff.

    Thanks, I don’t know if that Italian word is correct to express the English, sir?

    Any way, I like what I’m hearing in this clear, crisp, concise sound.


    • Hi Bob, more or less the word is OK, but I prefer Signor Rachmaninov, because by hearing the word Cavaliere I always think of that animal Berlusconi….bleah !
      Concerning Bruckner, he was one of the last (if not the last) romantic composer in his time. You surely have DLd the 8th, that I posted here twice; by Solti and by Wand…

    • Oh, Rach,
      The rar extractor says I must have No. 3. When I closed the extraction window it dropped B2 track.

      Am I Okay until I get your next rendition?

      And another question: I just downloaded from anothger site a 96/24 remaster of Decca’s 1955 La Forza w/Tebaldi/MDM, and it sounds good.

      But it is M4a mode (not mp3, neither flac), so only 3 tracks. Does that make sense to you?

      Thanks again,

      • Hi Bob, this makes a sense if you don’t want real HD-files. What we have here are m4a files (like flac) that are lossless, but in CD-Standard of 16 bit and 44.1 kHz. You see the logo 24 bit & 96 kHz because the origin of the master tapes used for this CD-production is/was in 24/96.

        You have to espect that it sounds good because of the HD tapes that were used.

      • Actually those are lossy 256 kbps m4a tracks. They are like a 320 kbps mp3 but a little smaller in size but with much or less the same audio quality. Actually they are very useful if you want to hear it on an iPod. And they are gapless wich is very welcome when you are listening classical music.


  2. FF does not quite open file No. 3, the one with 104.4MB. It seems to open, but it opens with 0 MB.

    Can you help, please?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Don’t use JDownloader or other shit programs like this. DL direct from the FF link. No other people report this error. At now part 1 was DL 120 times, part 2 has 118 DLs and part 3 has 112 DLs

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