Newsletter: September 1, 2020

Newsletter: September 1, 2020
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Newsletter - September 1, 2020

Usually around this time of year, I am scanning lists of things to do as the annual East Coast Brucknerathon and meeting of the Bruckner Society's Board of Directors would be soon approaching. But not this year. The Board of Directors will hold a virtual meeting on Sunday, September 13th, but the Brucknerathon has been cancelled. In its place this year, there will be a virtual Brucknerathon where everyone can be a participant. For a flat fee of US$10.00 anyone can receive a file download of Bruckner symphony recordings all geared to the reduced forces that have recently been the concert norm. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

My ongoing project to identify Bruckner cycles that were never recorded or commercially released continues to be updated. Thanks to many contributors, the listing has grown substantially. You can look at the results here. Interestingly, one of the cycles first listed was one by Hiroshi Wakasugi and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Just this month, that cycle was released on CD in Japan. If you know of any other performance cycles, please let me know.


  • 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.

  • Many of you have ordered William Carragan's new book on the Bruckner Symphonies. I wanted to give you an update. The book has now gone to press after several revisions (remember, this is Bruckner!!). We will be shipping the books as soon as they are received. Thank you for your continued patience.

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    • Sony to release the first installment of a new Bruckner cycle with Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic.

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

    • Join the 2020 Online Brucknerathon!!

    • Oehms announces an organ transcription CD cycle (0-9).

    • A Bruckner symphony is offered by the New England Philharmonic.

    • The Bruckner Orchestra Linz offers a Zoom concert featuring music by Bruckner.

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

    • The Bruckner Journal Reader's Conference is scheduled for January, 2021 at Yale University.


    • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,390 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.



    • 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).


    • The Berlin Philharmonic offers a direct-to-disc LP of Bernard Haitink's recent performance of the Bruckner 7th.


    • Pentatone Classics releases a Bruckner Mass No. 2 in E Minor.

    • St. Laurent Studios offers their 78 RPM transfer of the Carl Schuricht Bruckner 7th from Berlin.

    • High Definition Tape Transfers offers their transfer of the DGG Jochum Bruckner 9th with the Berlin Philharmonic.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.


    • Sony Classical begins a Bruckner cycle with Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

    • MD&G Prepares to release a two CD set with Thomas Christian conducting a chamber version of the Symphony No. 7.

    • Oehms Classics announces an organ transcription cycle (0-9) to be released between 2020 and 2024.

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

    • Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic have completed the recording of their Bruckner video cycle with three live performances at St. Florian in September as part of the 2019 Brucknerfest. The cycle (1-9) will be released in a boxed set - with a documentary disc - this Fall. These video recordings were all made at St. Florian. The sets will be available in Blu-Ray and DVD formats.


    • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. This month, we feature a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gerd Albrecht. It is the last in this series. It comes from a long out-of-print CD issued by Emergo / Canyon recordings.


    • The web store focuses on new Bruckner recordings and those 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 1,100) are frequently added.

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