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Mass in B minor BWV 232

Conducted by Eugen Jochum

Recordings

V-1

Bach: Mass in B Minor · Mass in F

Mass in B minor BWV 232

Eugen Jochum

Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester & Chor (Chorus Master: Kurt Prestel)

Soprano: Lois Marshall; Alto: Hertha Töpper; Tenor: Peter Pears; Basses: Kim Borg, Hans Braun

Philips

Dec 1957 live

2-CD / TT: 125:11

1st complete recording of Mass in B minor BWV 232 by E. Jochum. Recorded live in Germany.
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V-2

Dutch Master Volume 55 - Het Puik Zoete Kelen – Hondered Jaar Nederlandse Zangkunst

'Et in spiritum sanctum' from Mass in B minor BWV 232

Eugen Jochum

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Bass: Peter van der Bilt

Vara / Philips

Nov 1972

10-CD / Time: 6:03

Other works: not by J.S. Bach and/or not conducted by E. Jochum.

V-3

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor

Mass in B minor BWV 232

Eugen Jochum

Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester & Chor

Soprano: Helen Donath; Alto: Brigitte Fassbaender; Tenor: Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö; Basses: Roland Hermann, Robert Holl

EMI Classics / EMI Gemini

Mar-Apr 1980

2-CD / TT: 122:37

2nd complete recording of Mass in B minor by E. Jochum. Recorded at Herkules-Saal, Munich, Germany.
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Views on Eugen Jochum’s [2nd] B-minor Mass recording

Dougie Sospiro wrote (October 13, 2001):
As I mentioned previously, the [early '80s] Jochum was my 1st Bach B minor [so far still the only 1 in my collection]. I actually give it quite some airtime - it's a rousing recording, tempi are quite well-judged for a "traditional" performance [although I previously mentioned a wiff of Grosse Kapellmeister - Jochum doesn't take Brucknerian tempi but also doesn't sound as if he owes his choices to the HIP crowd], the choir & orchestra sound rather large [therefore inherently Romantic] but there are some stylistic nods here & there [understanding of the Baroque trills, sensitive articulation]. The orchestra does sound quite rich & colorful, yet graceful - this rendition has been deemed the standard of convential 20th-c. performance practice of this piece. It may be a little rich for some people's blood.

Jochum's soloists are mostly excellent: soprano Helen Donath & tenor Claes Haken Ahnsjo were 2 light-lyric voices that got quite some stage & concert exposure in their time but were overlooked in favor of other stars. Would we had any of their ilk today, frankly! Their suave, sweet, always elegant efforts raise their work to the level of delight, esp. Ahnsjo [Donath isn't in her best voice here, a slight acidity in the tone coming to the fore here & there; yet you can hear the artist underneath]. Mezzo Brigitte Fassbaender sings w/ great sincerity & that wonderful warm tone, always reminiscent of caramel [almost Mahlerian caramel, some may say] - her "Laudamus te" is quite good. 2 basses split up the arias b/t themselves: Roland Hermann & Robert Holl are similar in timbre to my ears. They don't have the easiest time w/ these arias [as well as being just plain unenlightening], but they give it a good show. [Nonetheless, other versions will refresh you more: Stephen Varcoe's "Et in Spiritum sanctum" under Gardiner's lilting baton was a shocker when I 1st heard it!].

All in all still a very GRAND rendition, whose grandezza comes from w/in instead of reeking of "hail-almighty-high-Lutheran-post-Wagnerian-phobically-traditional" posturing. Other views would be MORE than welcome, whether in agreement or dissent!


 

Mass in B minor BWV 232: Details
Recordings:
1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019 | Individual Movements
General Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17
Systematic Discussions:
Part 1: Kyrie | Part 2: Gloria | Part 3: Credo | Part 4: Sanctus | Part 5: Agnus Dei | Part 6: Early Recordings | Part 7: Summary
Individual Recordings:
BWV 232 - C. Abbado | BWV 232 - Anonymous | BWV 232 - G.C. Biller | BWV 232 - F. Brüggen | BWV 232 - J. Butt | BWV 232 - S. Celibidache | BWV 232 - M. Corboz | BWV 232 - A. Eby | BWV 232 - G. Enescu | BWV 232 - E. Ericson | BWV 232 - D. Fasolis | BWV 232 - J.E. Gardiner | BWV 232 - C.M. Giulini | BWV 232 - N. Harnoncourt | BWV 232 - T. Hengelbrock | BWV 232 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 232 - R. Hickox | BWV 232 - R. Jacobs | BWV 232 - E. Jochum | BWV 232 - Ifor Jones | BWV 232 - K. Junghänel & Cantus Cölln | BWV 232 - H.v. Karajan | BWV 232 - R. King | BWV 232 - O. Klemperer | BWV 232 - S. Kuijken | BWV 232 - G. Leonhardt | BWV 232 - P. McCreesh | BWV 232 - M. Minkowski | BWV 232 - H. Müller-Bruhl | BWV 232 - S. Ozawa | BWV 232 - M. Pearlman | BWV 232 - K. Richter | BWV 232 - J. Rifkin | BWV 232 - H. Rilling | BWV 232 - H. Scherchen | BWV 232 - P. Schreier | BWV 232 - R. Shaw | BWV 232 - G. Solti | BWV 232 - M. Suzuki | BWV 232 - J. Thomas & ABS | BWV 232 - K. Thomas | BWV 232 - J.v. Veldhoven
Articles:
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 [T. Noel Towe] | Bach’s B minor Mass on Period Instruments [D. Satz] | Like Father, Like Son [B. Pehrson]

Eugen Jochum: Short Biogrophy | Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester | Recordings | BWV 232 – Jochum | BWV 245 – Jochum

Recordings & Discussions of Other Vocal Works: Main Page | Motets BWV 225-231 | Mass in B minor BWV 232 | Missae Breves & Sanctus BWV 233-242 | Magnificat BWV 243 | Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 | Johannes-Passion BWV 245 | Lukas-Passion BWV 246 | Markus-Passion BWV 247 | Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248 | Oster-Oratorium BWV 249 | Chorales BWV 250-438 | Geistliche Lieder BWV 439-507 | AMN BWV 508-523 | Quodlibet BWV 524 | Aria BWV 1127

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