1. I. Adagio - Allegro
2. II. Adagio - Sehr langsam
1. III. Scherzo. Molto vivace, schnell - Trio im gleichen Tempo
2. IV. Finale. Adagio - Allegro moderato
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Eugen Jochum, conductor
Recorded live on December 4th, 1986
"This concert is the musical legacy of the giant Eugen Jochum"
Cannes Classical Award (Midem, 1999)
Reviewed: Gramophone 6/1998
Last year, after I had made some less than complimentary remarks about the playing of the Concertgebouw on a set of live Bruckner recordings from the years 1970-84 under the direction of Eugen Jochum (Tahra, 6/97), a Dutch reader kindly sent me a tape of Jochum’s final concert with the orchestra, a performance of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony given in Amsterdam in December 1986. He did not disagree with the proposition that the orchestra was unpredictable at this period, but thought the 1986 Bruckner Fifth exceptional. So it proved to be. And so it proves again: even more so, on these splendid CD transfers of what was already a first-rate stereo recording. The Fifth was the Bruckner symphony which was closest to Jochum’s heart and this marvellous performance is something his many admirers will certainly want to have. It is a pity it could not have been fitted on to a single CD, but at 83 minutes that was not possible. Apparently, at one of the two concerts, Jochum was so thrilled by the orchestra’s playing, he encored the finale! This is not on the Tahra CDs. Nor do the notes tell us what the brass section had to say. A case, I would imagine, of ‘expletives deleted’.'
- Richard Osborne