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Activities in Amsterdam - 6

November 1980: Weber, Reger and Bruckner VI

The hands of Eugen Jochum above a Bruckner-symphony

The series of concerts given in November 1980 were highlights in the history of the cooperation of Eugen Jochum with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. An unequalled Weber's Oberon (the reporter: "conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra in a way such as is seldomly heard any more these days") was followed by a glorious Reger (An die Hoffnung opus 124, with Glenda Maurice) and a very hearth felt Bruckner VI with a virtuoso Scherzo performance. Such were feelings in the orchestra as well as among broadcast moderators and the public.

Happy the music lovers are, that the performances of Nov 2 escaped time and have been recorded by the Dutch Broadcast Corporation (NPS). The Weber and Bruckner were released by Tahra in 1997. The Reger is fortunately present (digitized) in my own private collection. It was the European debut of Glenda Maurice.

Three concerts were given: Friday evening October 31, Sunday evening November 1 and on the afternoon of Sunday November 2, 1980. The recordings were made from the Sunday performances. On November 1, Eugen Jochum was in Amsterdam on the occasion of his birthday, as had happened several times before. Orchestra and public cheered congratulations on the occasion.

Before the regular performances, a rehearsal with public was presented as a "Lunchconcert", on Wednesday October 29, 1980, in which Reger's Opus 124 and the Scherzo from Bruckner's 6th Symphony were performed as if in a concert. This was the first time Glenda Maurice met the Amsterdam public. As she told afterwards in an evening paper ("Het Parool", Friday November 7, 1980), she only expected some interested hearers, not a Concert Hall filled with ca. 1600 people. On this page some more remembrances of Glenda Maurice.

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