HELIODOR LP 478-429: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 - JOCHUM - 1963 NM
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Background on this item -
Eugen Jochum; 1 November 1902 – 26 March 1987 was an eminent German conductor.

Born in Babenhausen, near Augsburg, Germany, Jochum studied the piano and organ in Augsburg until 1922. He then studied conducting in Munich. His first post was as a rehearsal pianist at Mönchen-Gladbach, and then in Kiel.

He made his conducting debut with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in 1926 in a program which included Bruckner's Seventh Symphony. In the same year he was appointed conductor at the Kiel Opera House, where he conducted seventeen operas in his first season, including The Flying Dutchman, Der Rosenkavalier and Turandot.

After Kiel he went to Mannheim, where Wilhelm Furtwängler praised his conducting. He turned down an offer to conduct twelve concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, believing that his repertory and experience were not yet equal to it. (He did not appear in America until 1958.) His next appointment was as music director in Duisburg, from 1930 to 1932. In 1932 he became chief of the Berlin Radio Orchestra, also conducting 16 concerts a season with the Berlin Philharmonic, and at the Deutsche Oper.

In 1934 Jochum succeeded Karl Böhm as musical director of the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Philharmonic. Throughout the Nazi era, Hamburg remained, as Jochum put it, 'reasonably liberal', so that he was able to keep his post despite refusing to join the party. He performed music by composers such as Hindemith and Bartók elsewhere banned by the Nazis. He served at Hamburg until 1949. After World War II, Jochum became the first chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1949.

Jochum was also a regular guest conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, and served as the orchestra's 'first conductor' (eerste dirigent) from 1941–1943, during the chief conductorship of Willem Mengelberg. From 1961 to 1963, Jochum was joint chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra alongside Bernard Haitink. He conducted frequently in London, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1975, the LSO appointed him conductor laureate.

Jochum served as principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony from 1969-1973. He later worked regularly with the Staatskapelle Dresden, with which he recorded the complete symphonies of Bruckner and "London" symphonies of Joseph Haydn.

He appeared regularly at the Salzburg Festival and, from 1953, Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where he made his debut conducting Tristan und Isolde.

Jochum is especially acclaimed for his two complete recordings of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. He also made two complete recordings of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms, on the strengths of which the conductor Kenneth Woods called him "the greatest Brahms conductor who ever lived", and three complete cycles of the symphonies of Beethoven. His recordings of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Wagner and Carl Orff have also been highly praised. His 1967 recording of Carmina Burana is considered by Bill Alford to be an authoritative interpretation, as Orff himself was present at the recording and endorsed the final record.

He was a regular recording artist, from his first records in 1932 (the Mozart D minor piano concerto with Edwin Fischer). In the stereo LP era he recorded mainly for Deutsche Grammophon. His DG Bruckner cycle has remained in the catalogues ever since its first issue in the 1960s.

Regarding his podium technique, Kenneth Woods blogs, "Look at his hands- very small and focused motions but so powerful." Woods also states that "his sense of rubato, while still incredibly daring, is perhaps more un-erring than [that of] even Wilhelm Furtwängler."

Jochum's younger brother Georg Ludwig Jochum was also a conductor. His daughter Veronica Jochum is a pianist on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Jochum died in Munich, Germany at the age of 84. His wife Maria predeceased him, in 1985.

HELIODOR Records LP item - MAROON (DEEP RED) record labels with GOLD lettering - the record label logo is in yellow - see pictures with this listing for more detail
Record Made in GERMANY
Pressing is in MONO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in: May 1963 - on heavy vinyl
Record Catalog Number: 478 429 HI-FI

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN

LP Title -
Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral"

Performers on this title include -
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Eugen Jochum, conductor

Track listings -
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral"

The LP jacket is in near mint minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact, and shows only some mild shelf wear.
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind - see pictures with this listing for a better understanding of the condition of this item.
There is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket (see point above). The jacket is covered in "Clarifoil", both sides - this is the mark of a high quality product as the earliest Decca's and EMI jackets were made with Clarifoil as well.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!
It retains most of the original gloss and sheen, almost like a new record!
The record has no serious marks on it, obviously well taken care of.
NO significant spindle marks either - just a couple of light ones.
This is the copy you have always wanted in your collection - any picky audiophile or collector should be happy with this one!
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems, depending of course, on the sensitivity of your turntable, arm and cartridge.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Heliodor LP 478 429 HI-FI NM
  • Manufacturer: Heliodor Records
  • Condition: Used

HELIODOR LP 478-429: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 - JOCHUM - 1963 NM

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