CD #1 (55:37) Beethoven: Symphony #5 in c, Op. 67, Berlin Philharmonic, 12 Jan. 1945. Mozart: Symphony No. 33, in B-flat, K319, Berlin Philharmonic, 1 Feb. 1948. CD #2 (56:15) Bruckner: Symphony #3 in d, WAB 103, Orchestra of the Hamburg State Theater, 13-15 May 1944. Licensed by Sender Freies Berlin and Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv. AAD. UPC # 0-17685-11002-3.
"There is a great deal of Eugen Jochum material in the marketplace, and a high percentage of it documents his considerable achievements. Even when the high standard of other Jochum releases is applied, however, this two-disc set stands out. It would be the perfect "exhibit A" in making the case for Jochum's greatness as a conductor…These are among his most completely satisfying and exciting recorded performances and Music & Arts has presented them in the finest possible manner."
-Henry Fogel, Fanfare
"Listening to Eugen Jochum's 1944 Hamburg Bruckner Third (with the State Theatre Orchestra) is like witnessing a work in progress, with violent accelerandos that would later calm (as on Jochum's commercial recordings) and some fairly drastic tempo changes. It's extraordinarily instructive and so is a strong, defiant BPO Beethoven Fifth from January 1945…"
-Robert Cowan, Gramophone
"It is perhaps not surprising to discover that music-making often takes on an extra degree of urgency during periods of great political turmoil. Certainly this impression is confirmed while listening to recent releases on Music & Arts that focus attention on German radio concerts and recordings made during the darkest years of the Second World War. The latest in this invaluable series presents the young and volatile Eugen Jochum in symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart and Bruckner."
-Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine