Newsletter: April 1, 2021

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

As of March 31st 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 - April 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.

The most interesting news this past month had to do with the new Bruckner cycle coming from Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic. Since Thielemann has just finished a video cycle (1-9) with the Staatskapelle Dresden, I was less than thrilled to hear that he would also be conducting the Vienna Philharmonic cycle. But the good news was that the VPO would finally be releasing a complete cycle under one conductor and (hold onto your hats) the cycle would include the early f minor and d minor symphonies! The two symphonies were performed and recorded at a single concert in late March. It was the first time in the orchestra's history that it performed these two works. Indications are that Sony will be releasing these in both audio and video editions.

In the past year, I was able to license two Abruckner.com projects to the TOBU Recording Company in Japan. Those two recordings (the Sequi/Hofer Bruckner cycle for piano four-hands and the Thomas Mandel Jazz transcriptions of Bruckner's 5th and 7th Symphonies) have been best sellers in Japan. I am now happy to offer them to my readers at a significant discount while my small supply lasts. You will find them in my featured new releases.

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. Reviews are coming in and they are excellent! 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.

  • 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

  • Wilhelm Furtwangler busts for sale!

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

  • Wilhelm Furtwangler and his version choice for the Symphony No. 4.

  • A Bruckner animation.

  • The Musikverein in caricature.

  • The Bruckner Orchestra Linz to release a complete Bruckner cycle.

  • The Bruckner Complete Edition - Back by popular demand!

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

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

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

  • 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 10,650 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

    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.

    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.)

  • Altus Recordings releases an NHK stereo recording of a 1965 Osaka concert with Rafael Kubelik conducting the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 has been digitized and will be offered as a future Download of the Month.


DOWNLOADS

  • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. This month, we feature a rare recording of an opera about Anton Bruckner. It is entitled, "Carved Sanctity: Anton Bruckner and the Women." It was composed by Peter Androsch with a libretto (in German) by Harald Kislinger. It was premiered in Linz in 1996..


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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John F. Berky