Newsletter: November 1, 2020

Newsletter: November 1, 2020
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Newsletter - November 1, 2020

Some interesting items are being offered in my webstore this month;

Two classic recordings (Inbal's Bruckner cycle & Skrowaczewski's London Philharmonic Bruckner 7th) are being discontinued by the US distributor. The result being that I am able to offer these two items at closout prices while supplies last. If you don't own these performances, now is a perfect opportunity to scoop them up.

In mid November, Arthaus Musik will be releasing the beautiful boxed set of the Symphonies 1-9 recorded at Saint Florian by Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The set will include the nine symphonies in both DVD and Blu-Ray productions, a full-length video documentary on Bruckner by producer, Reiner Moritz (the film has been shown in theaters in Germany and Austria) and a new book on Bruckner by Elisabeth Meier. A few months ago, Arthaus Musik dropped their US distributor, so I am working with Arthaus directly to import copies for North American customers. I will be bringing in limited quantities as orders require.

It seems that the Berlin Philharmonic's direct-to-disc LP recording of Haitink's final appearance with the orchestra (Bruckner's Symphony No. 7) is selling out. It has already disappeared from the orchestra's web store and is currently selling on Ebay for over $500.00. I have one copy left...


  • 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.


    • Jackie Orzel's Bruckner Blues.

    • In November, Arthaus will be releasing their long-awaited cycle of Bruckner Symphonies (1-9) with Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The lavish set will include DVD and Blu-Ray discs of the performances all of which were recorded over the past few years in the Stiftsbasilika at St. Florian. In addition to the cycle, the set will include a new full-length documentary on Bruckner's life and work by the celebrated film producer, Reiner Moritz and a new book on Bruckner by Elisabeth Meier. More information on the new release can be found here.

    • William Carragan's long-awaited book on Bruckner's eleven symphonies will be available NEXT WEEK. If you have not yet ordered a copy, now is the time to do so. Copies are available in signed and un-signed editions. NOTE: If you have previously ordered a book, there is no need to contact us unless your address has changed. For more information about this new book, click here

    • Sony will release the first installment of a new Bruckner cycle with Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic. The initial release is the Symphony No. 8. THIS RELEASE HAS BEEN DELAYED - Waiting for an update.

    • Transcriptions for organ of Bruckner's symphonies now available.

    • Mary Hetzel's English Translation of Bruckner's correspondence has been added to Articles and Essays.


    • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,460 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 can now also be sorted by performance date!


    • 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-related websites that might be of interest.



    • The Gergiev / Munich Philharmonic Bruckner cycle will be released in November 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.


    • The Munich Philharmonic releases three CDs of the Symphonies 4-6 with Valery Gergiev conducting the Munich Philharmonic. Next month's release of the Symphony No. 7 will complete the cycle. The boxed set of these will be released in late November.

    • MD&G Gold releases a chamber transcription of the Symphony No. 7 performed by the Thomas Christian Ensemble. It is paired with the chamber transcription of the Mahler 4th.

    • BR Klassik releases a set of Bruckner symphonies recorded by Mariss Jansons. It includes Symphonies 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9. It is the first commercial release of the Symphony No. 6.

    • Sony begins a new cycle with Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The first release is the Symphony No. 8. Incredibly, this is the first integral cycle for the VPO with one conductor. Release has been delayed.

    • Doremi Music releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 1 with Claudio Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The recording was taken from a 1972 Vienna Festival concert.

    • Phi Recordings releases a CD with Philippe Herreweghe conducting the Te Deum and the Mass No. 2.


    • Oehms Classics releases the first installment of a Bruckner symphony cycle transcribed for organ.

    • MD&G releases an organ transcription of the Symphony in f minor, the Overture in G Minor and the Four Orchestra Pieces.

    • High Definition Tape Transfers is offering a remastered edition of the Haitink / Concertgebouw recording of the Symphony No. 4.


    • C Major / Unitel release Bernard Haitink's Farewell Salzburg Concert featuring Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. (DVD and Blu-Ray).

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

    • 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.

    • Altus Recordings releases a complete symphony cycle (1-9) featuring the late Hiroshi Wakasugi and the NHK Symphony 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 soon at a special price.

    • Nice NF Classics has released a Bruckner 7th with Yoshinori Nishiwaki conducting Der Ring Tokyo Orchestra (Hybrid SACD)

    • 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.


    • Organroxx will be releasing a recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 9. The organist will be Thilo Muster.


    • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. This month, we feature a recording of "Festmusik," a work for organ by Erwin Horn that transcribes some of Bruckner's improvisational sketches including the Finale to Bruckner's First Symphony. There is a story that accompanies the music...


    • 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.

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


    • 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.


    • 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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    John F. Berky