Newsletter: March 1, 2021

Newsletter: March 1, 2021
Welcome to the Newsletter from Abruckner.com!

As of February 28th the Discography Database and the Bruckner Archive Database have been updated. The underlined headlines below will take you to the various sections of the website where the bullet points below are featured. Please use these as guides to the new information offered since the last newsletter.

Newsletter - March 1, 2021

The incentive continues! In order to help me sell out the product that I order, I am adding a new incentive. The Bruckner Archive holds thousands of recordings and a certain section of the archive (Charter Oak Recordings – my own label) is fully digitized.

The entire Charter Oak database can be downloaded here as a fully compatible .csv spreadsheet. When you order a CD or video from this section of my webstore, you can request one of my Charter Oak recordings at no additional cost. The file of your choice will be electronically transferred to you and you can download the file.

To download the Charter Oak database, click here and choose the "Charter-Oak.csv" file.. When you submit your order, simply add the Charter Oak file number for the item you wish to receive in the comments section of the order or simply e-mail me with the request. The file will be transferred to you via "wetransfer.com"

The offer is valid as long as supplies last. Once an item (CD or video) is sold out, the offer expires and I will not be ordering it again. Some Charter Oak items may be restricted.

Due to the new BREXIT regulations regarding the collection of VAT by the exporter, I have chosen at this point to cease exports to the United Kingdom. The process of registering, collecting VAT and making quarterly payments to the UK tax agency is simply too much of a nuisance to handle. I may put some of my special items on Ebay, since Ebay will handle all the paperwork. In the United States, there was a similar push for retailers to collect state taxes but Congress, understanding the burden it would place on small retailers, exempted companies with small annual sales. Maybe, someday, the UK will figure this out as well. Meanwhile, digitized recordings can be sent via wire transfer.

A reminder that William Carragan’s superb new book, ANTON BRUCKNER – Eleven Symphonies is NOW AVAILABLE and is a must read for any Bruckner enthusiast. Carragan puts his enormous knowledge of Bruckner’s music on paper and complements his descriptions with smartphone “QR Codes” (or an associated website) of audio examples so the reader / listener can understand the differences between the various versions. The book is published and sold exclusively by the "Bruckner Society of America. You will not find this book sold by anyone else and the price of $50.00 is firm through 2021. That price also includes a one year membership in the Bruckner Society of America which includes access to all back issues of "Chord and Discord," a subscription to the "Bruckner Journal" and access to other documents in the member access area of our website. The book is selling well so be sure to order your copy soon. Signed copies are available for $100.00. Since books are not subject to the U.K's VAT, they can be shipped with little or no delay.

Reminders:

  • There are two databases on this website: The Bruckner Discography and the Bruckner Archive. The Discography lists every known commercial (or semi-commercial) recording and all of its various releases. The Bruckner Archive lists all of the recordings held physically in the Archive. It may only hold one recording of a given performance listed in the discography, but it contains thousands of other recordings that have never been made commercially available. The Bruckner Archive is downloadable as an Excel file.

  • There are dozens of downloads available to you in my Download of the Month Section. When that service was first offered many years ago, server storage was more limited than now, so many of those files were offered as .mp3 files. I can now offer these downloads as non-compressed .flac files. But instead of me making work for myself changing all of these files over, I would prefer to upgrade the ones that are important to you. If you would like one of my previous downloads to be upgraded to a lossless format, just send me an e-mail requesting the specific download(s) and I'll get to it quickly.

  • Subscribe to The Bruckner Journal. The Bruckner Journal is now the publication arm of the Bruckner Society of America and a subscription comes with a Society membership. It can also be ordered separately (as a download) for just $10.00/10.00 Euros per year.

  • CASH REWARD FOR WANTED RECORDINGS. Click here for details.


LATEST NEWS

  • The Anton-Bruckner-Strasse Street sign...

  • Wilhelm Furtwangler busts for sale!

  • Gerd Schaller prepares an Organ Transcription of the Bruckner Ninth including the Finale. The recording was available here at a special price, but stock quickly sold out.

  • Eberhard Klotz’s Organ Transcription of the Bruckner Ninth is released on an Organroxx CD.

  • Bruckner's Eighth Symphony in a Drum Corps Competition.

  • Bruckner autographs for sale ($$$$$).

  • Bruckner Symphony No. 6 the Subject of a BBC Radio Record
    Review.

  • Bruckner the subject of "Exploring Music" with Bill McGlaughlin (March 1-5).

  • Roberto Ferrazza's completion of the Bruckner Ninth Finale to be performed in Thailand.

  • The 1935 Weimar Bruckner Fest - some details.

  • Two Bruckner letters at the Library of Congress.

  • The Gergiev Bruckner video cycle is now available. More information on the new release can be found here.


THE BRUCKNER ARCHIVE

  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,600 listings) has been updated and it is easy to download as an Excel file. Many of these recordings are available to collectors and researchers. Contact me for details on how you can fill in some holes in your collection. The database is fully sortable including the ability to sort by performance date!


EDITOR'S SECTION

  • There are many subjects covered here and these are frequently updated, so make it a point to check out the various subjects under this heading.


LINKS TO OTHER BRUCKNER SITES

  • Links to other Bruckner-related websites that might be of interest.


NEW RELEASES

    MARCH RELEASES

  • DGG continues their Andris Nelsons / Gewandhaus cycle with the release of the Symphonies 2 and 8 in a 2 CD set.

  • Gerd Schaller's Organ Transcription of the Symphony # 9 with Schaller's completion of the Finale is released by Profil.

  • Eberhard Klotz's organ transcription of the Bruckner Ninth is released on the Organroxx label.

  • St. Laurent Studios releases a Celibidache / Munich Philharmonic performance of the Bruckner 7th from Bucharest.

  • St. Laurent Studios releases a Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic performance of the Bruckner 7th from Lucerne.

  • Legendary Archives releases a download of a Georg Ludwig Jochum performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 3 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

  • Pentatone Classics releases a CD of Motets by Bruckner and Michael Haydn with Philipp Ahmann conducting the MDR Leipzig Choir.

    FEBRUARY RELEASES

  • Mariss Janson's Bavarian Radio recording of the Symphony No. 6 is released as a single CD.

    JANUARY RELEASES

  • Unitel releases a DVD (no Blu-Ray) of the Bruckner 9th with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

  • Spectrum Records releases a download of a Ferdinand Leitner Bruckner 4th with the Orchestre national de l'ORTF.

  • The Stavanger Symphony releases a CD and LP of Markus Stenz conducting the Bruckner Symphony No. 6 (Also available as a download.)

  • The Tonkuenstler Orchestra in Austria is releasing a CD with Tadaka Sado conducting the Bruckner Symphony No. 8. (Also available as a Download.)

  • Andromeda is releasing a Carl Schuricht performance of the Symphony No. 5 with the Vienna Philharmonic. (Possibly only available as a download.)


    DECEMBER RELEASES

  • Pristine Classics re-masters the Horenstein / Gothenberg Bruckner 6th.

    NOVEMBER RELEASES

  • The Gergiev / Munich Philharmonic Bruckner cycle is now available in the deluxe video / documentary / book set by Arthaus. The same recordings will be released on CD in a boxed set produced by the orchestra.

  • Channel Classics releases a performance of the Adagio from the String Quintet arranged for chamber ensemble. It is performed by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

  • Ondine releases a CD of Bruckner's unaccompanied choral including a rare performance of the early Kronsdorf Mass.

    JAPANESE RELEASES (Available for special order - Tower Records editions often available on Ebay.)

  • Tower Records releases a Bruckner 8th with Ken Takaseki conducting the Tokyo City Philharmonic - On the Brain CD label.

  • Tower Records releases a Bruckner 4th with Tatsuya Shimono conducting the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra - On the Brain CD label.

  • Tower Records releases a multi SACD set of the Tokyo FM Asahina recordings with the New Japan Philharmonic. In the set are 1970 recordings of the Bruckner 4th and 8th Symphonies.

  • ATS releases a CD with Karajan's 1966 Holland Festival Bruckner 8th with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Weitblick has released a 4 CD set of performances by Joseph Keilberth and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra. One of the performances is the Bruckner Symphony No. 6.

  • Gunter Wand has become the new focal point for Japanese Lp and SACD reissues. Recent SACD releases include Symphonies 3 and 8 with NDR, Symphony No 9 with the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra and Symphonies 6, 8 and 9 with the Munich Philharmonic.

  • Fontec released a CD of the Bruckner Symphony No. 3 with Tadaaki Otaka leading the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • TOBU Records in Japan has released a Bruckner Archive set of Bruckner symphonies in arrangements for Jazz ensemble. The performances of Symphonies 5 and 7 were all recorded in Austria under the direction of Thomas Mandel. I will be stocking these soon at a special price.

  • TOBU Recordings has released the Bruckner Archives' recording of the Piano four-hand transcriptions of Bruckner's Symphonies 0-9 in a 10 CD boxed set.


FUTURE RELEASES AND RECENT DISCOVERIES

  • C Major will be releasing a Blu-Ray boxed set of the Christian Thielemann Bruckner cycle (1-9). Release is scheduled for April.

  • An RAI (Italian Radio) cassette release of Lovro von Matacic conducting the RAI Orchestra of Turin in the Bruckner Symphony No. 8. The performance was recorded in April of 1982 and was released on cassette by RAI. The cassette will be digitized soon and offered as a future Download of the Month.


DOWNLOADS

  • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. This month, we feature a rare recording of the Symphony No. 5 with Paul van Kempen conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. The wartime recording dates from March of 1941.


WEB STORE

  • The web store focuses on Bruckner recordings that are not generally available. It is divided up into sections for CDs and DVDs, books and scores, downloads, bargain samples and collectibles. Be sure to check out each section for new items.

  • Abruckner.com has entered into an agreement with the publisher of the MWV's Bruckner scores and publications. Order scores and critical reports from Abruckner.com. Click here for details. **** Next order deadline: March 31, 2021.


FEATURES

  • As stories in the LATEST NEWS section get older, those that are still relevant get moved into the FEATURES SECTION. There is a wealth of information here that you may have missed when they were first posted.


ARTICLES / GRAPHICS

  • Essays in English and other languages are entered as they are discovered or accepted.

  • New graphics (over 1,200) are frequently added.


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Stay safe and happy listening!

John F. Berky