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Activities in Amsterdam - 3

The 1950-s: Concerts in Amsterdam


Eugen Jochum around 1955

In the years following WWII, Eugen Jochum first only sporadically visits Amsterdam and the Concertgebouworkest, being busy with the Sinfonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Another Bruckner - admirer, Eduard van Beinum (unfortunately still underrated even in 1999), is the Principal Conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouworkest in these years. However, Eugen Jochum is invited together with "his" Sinfonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in February 1955 and December 1956. After these performances, Eugen Jochum returns more frequently to the Concertgebouworkest and also conducts on concert tours to Italy and Austria. In January and February 1959, Eugen Jochum again conducts the Concertgebouworkest.

In April 1959, Eduard van Beinum suddenly dies of a heart attack, leaving an enormous vacuum. The experienced Eugen Jochum resigns from his conductorship in München to help the young and promising Bernard Haitink with his task.

The preserved commercially recorded repertoire from these years is scarce and, with one exception, very conservative. All recordings were done for Philips. In April 1952 a recording session produced an overall beautiful and convincing Schubert 8 (listen to the intensity of the 2nd movement!), followed by R. Strauß' Till Eulenspiegel and Don Juan. The last sessions were dedicated to the Magnificat of Rudolf Mengelberg. Unfortunately, no other commercial recordings were made by Eugen Jochum and the Concertgebouworkest until June 1960.
The beautiful Schubert 8 fortunately was reissued recently on the Tahra-label.


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