Newsletter: July 1, 2021

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

As of June 30th 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 - July 1, 2021

I am happy to announce that the 2021 Bruckner Society of America Brucknerathon and Symposium will take place this year! The dates have been set for September 10-12. More information can be found here and that information will be updated as the event approaches.

My CD / video order incentive continues. For every current commercial recording ordered from my webstore, the buyer is entitled to one free "Charter Oak" download from the Bruckner Archive! 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 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 catalog 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.

Another opinion
After years of having the recordings available, Sony / RCA Red Seal finally gets around to releasing the Paavo Jarvi Bruckner cycle as a complete set. But this release really annoys me!!! There are several reasons:

1) Sony / RCA have been sitting on these recordings for years. Look at the recording dates:

[0] March, 2017 Never released as a single CD.
[1] February 6, 2013
[2] March 30 - April 1, 2011
[3] March 19-21, 2014
[4] September 3-5, 2009
[5] April 2-3 & May 28-30, 2009
[6] May 20-22, 2010
[7] November 22-24, 2006
[8] October, 2011 Never released as a single CD.
[9] February 27-29, 2008

They have been trickling out this series of recordings for over ten years and the final recording (Die Nullte) has been available for four years.

2) Sony / RCA is following the disgusting practice of issuing the set without offering two of the recordings as single releases. So, the patrons who have supported this project by purchasing the recordings as they have been released over the last decade are now the ones who are punished by not being offered the last two recordings. Now they are supposed to purchase the complete set???

3) I have seen situations when the complete set has been offered at a discounted price thus alleviating some of the pain for those who have purchased the individual CDs, but Sony / RCA is putting out their "limited edition" for the outrageous price of $200.00!

If this all transpires as announced, then SHAME ON THEM!!

Constant 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.

  • 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.

  • William Carragan’s superb new book, ANTON BRUCKNER – Eleven Symphonies is NOW AVAILABLE and is a must read for any Bruckner enthusiast. The July / August issue of Fanfare this month contains an interview about the book and four five-star reviews. 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.


LATEST NEWS

  • The Bruckner LC Ensemble of Japan presents a unique Bruckner concert and recording.

  • Benjamin Korstvedt's recent lecture on Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 is available on YouTube.

  • Gerd Schaller's Bruckner Project 2024 moves forward with a concert at Ebrach.

  • The Bruckner Archive acquires a copy of the Goellerich-Auer Bruckner biography and a Bruckner print by Werner E.A. Hoffmann.

  • Original Bruckner artwork for sale.

  • The Long Journey of the Manuscript of the Symphony No. 3 - A fascinating pictorial essay by Gilles Houle.

  • A new Bruckner cycle from Capriccio.

  • Some piano transcriptions for multiple pianos.

  • The Monastery Project: Gilles Houle's massive research project on Heinrich Glassmeir at St. Florian.

  • William Carragan's "Red Book" is reviewed in "Fanfare."


THE BRUCKNER ARCHIVE

  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,700 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

    JULY RELEASES

  • Chandos releases a hybrid SACD of the Bruckner 6th with Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic.

  • St. Laurent Studios offers a Bruckner 7th with Fritz Rieger conducting the Orchestra de l'ORTF.

    JUNE RELEASES

  • Oehms Classics releases the second volume in their Bruckner symphony cycle in transcriptions for organ.

  • Gramola offers the Altomonte Ensemble in performances of Bruckner's String Quintet and Quartet.

    MAY RELEASES

  • BR Klassik releases the Jansons' Bruckner Symphony No. 3 as an individual CD.

  • Sony releases the the Symphony No. 3 with Christian Thielemann - the second installment of their Eleven Symphony Bruckner cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

    APRIL RELEASES

  • C Major releases a Blu-Ray boxed set of the Thielemann / Staatskapelle Dresden video Bruckner cycle (1-9)

  • Yves St Laurent Studios releases a CD of Karajan and the VPO performing the Bruckner Ninth from the 1967 Salzburg Easter Festival.

    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.

    JAPANESE RELEASES (Available for special order)

  • TOBU announces the release of Two-piano transcriptions of Bruckner's Symphonies 4 and 8 as performed at Bruckner Journal conferences in Oxford. The transcriptions were arranged by William Carragan and performed by Carragan and Crawford Howie.

  • Sony announces the release of its Celibidache/Munich Philharmonic videos on Blu-Ray disc - some for the first time in this format..

  • 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. IN STOCK HERE 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. IN STOCK HERE AT A SPECIAL PRICE!!


FUTURE RELEASES AND RECENT DISCOVERIES

  • BMG/Sony announces the release of the Paavo Jarvi Bruckner cycle (0-9).

  • Sony Classics will be releasing Blu-Ray disc editions the the Celibidache / Tokyo performances of the Bruckner Symphonies 6, 7 and 8 along with the Berlin Philharmonic Bruckner 7th. The BPO Bruckner 7th was released on Blu-Ray previously. The set is being released in Japan in July.

  • Capriccio announces a new multi-version cycle of the Bruckner Symphonies conducted by Markus Poschner. Performances will be by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

  • dts-HD has released a set of recordings and download links that contain a Bruckner Symphony No. 7 with Dmitry Yablonsky and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra.


DOWNLOADS

  • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. This month, we feature a recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 as performed by Carl-August Buente and the Geidai Symphony Orchestra. The recording dates from December of 1979.


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: September 30, 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