Newsletter: December 1, 2019

Newsletter: December 1, 2019
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Newsletter - December 1, 2019

Today (December 1st) brought the sad news of the death of conductor, Mariss Jansons. He had been suffering from poor health, but his passing came as a surprise. Jansons was a solid Brucknerian and he performed Bruckner's music with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and with other ensembles (most notably the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His list of performances include the Mass No. 3 and symphonies 3-4 and 6-9 - some of them recently released on SACD. He will be missed.

The big news of late has been the release and delivery of the Berlin Philharmonic's Bruckner set which includes Symphonies 1-9 (a Sixth by Mariss Jansons) by various guest conductors. The set includes CDs, Blu-Ray audio and Blu-ray video. There is also a download option. It is a beautifully produced set!

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  • New Organ Transcription of the Symphony No. 9 is published with Gerd Schaller's Finale.

  • Berlin Philharmonic releases a Bruckner Symphony Boxed Set.

  • Special Edition Compact Disc produced as part of a Bruckner 200 celebration.

  • Two new Bruckner books are published.

  • A video of the BrucknerTage reception given at the Ansfelden Geburthaus is available for viewing.


  • The Bruckner Society announces the 2019 Recordings of the Year.

  • The Bruckner Society's Brucknerathon: The 2019 playlist and photos from the event.

  • Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic receives the Bruckner Society's Medal of Honor on May 27th.

  • Please renew your Society membership- The member area password has been updated. If you have not renewed your membership in the past year, you no longer have access to the materials in the member area.

  • Annual membership in the Bruckner Society is $30.00 per year. Your donations will help fund further research, performances and publications. Receive one of the Society's exclusive CDs or publications with your contribution! Select them here.


  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,100 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.


  • 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.



  • The Berlin Philharmonic releases their CD / Blu-Ray (Audio & Video) Symphony Cycle.

  • Pristine Audio releases two of Furtwangler's 1951 Bruckner recordings.


  • A Bruckner Symphony No. 2 (1877 Carragan) with the Shanghai Philharmonic is released as a download.

  • A new recording of the Bruckner Requiem is released on Accentus CD.

  • Pristine Classics releases the Horenstein Bruckner Sixth with the London Symphony Orchestra.

  • LSO Live releases Simon Rattle's Bruckner Sixth on CD.


  • releases the final performance in the Sequi/Hofer Piano four-hands Bruckner symphony cycle with the recording of the Symphony in D Minor. A boxed set (and downloads) of the cycle are available as well.

  • Channel Classics issues a band CD which includes Bruckner's rarely recorded March in E Flat.

  • ZYX re-issues a clam shell box of classic performances of Symphonies 0,2,4,5,and 7.

  • Decca Eloquence releases the Vienna Philharmonic box set of Bruckner symphonies with classic performances ny Abbado, Stein, Boehm, Maazel, Solti and Mehta.

  • 21 Classics issues a download only recording of Bruckner's String Quintet as arranged by Thomas Zehetmair.

  • Profil issues a box set of Hermann Abendroth performances including his Leipzig Radio Bruckner recordings (Nos. 4,, 5, 7, 9).


  • Reference Recordings issues an SACD with the Bruckner Symphony No. 9 with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

  • Gramola issues Matthias Giesen's incredible organ transcription of the Bruckner Symphony No. 5 (recorded on the Bruckner Organ).

  • Brilliant Classics releases Bruckner's complete piano music on a low cost CD - performed by Francesco Pasqualotto.

  • The MusicaNova Ensemble releases a CD and a DVD video of their performance of Bruckner's Symphony in D Minor, "Die Nullte." - An exclusive!

  • Alan Gilbert performed the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 with the NDR Elbephilharmonie on a new Sony Classics CD.

  • Christian Thielemann concludes the first Bruckner Symphony video cycle with a DVD and Blu-Ray release of the Symphony No. 2 (1877 Carragan) with the Staatskapelle Dresden - On the C Major label.

  • Yves St. Laurent releases Eugen Jochum's 1974 Tanglewood performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4.

    JAPANESE RELEASES (IN STOCK ! or Available for special order)

  • Sony is releasing an SACD set of Bruno Walter conducting Bruckner's 4th, 7th and 9th Symphonies with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.

  • Tower Records is working on a release of the 1978 Haitink Bruckner 7th with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on SACD.

  • Tower Records is also working on a limited Edition SACD set of Klemperer's Bruckner Recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra (# 4-9)

  • Tower Records is also re-releasing Asahina's last Bruckner recordings - previously available on Exton

  • Altus Classics releases Gennadi Rozhdestvensky's performance of the Symphony No. 5 in the Schalk Edition with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

  • TOBU Recordings releases a boxed set of Jascha Horenstin in Venezuela which contains a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.

  • Tower Records releases their exclusive SACD set of Carl Schuricht's Vienna Philharmonic Bruckner recordings (Symphonies 3, 8, 9).

  • Tower Records releases their exclusive SACD set of the Asahina / Fontec recordings of Symphonies 5,7,8, and 9. 2 copies in stock!!

  • Epitagraph releases the 1961 recording of Carl Schuricht conducting the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

  • TOBU Recordings have released the Symphonies 7, 8 and 9 with Eduardo Chibas conducting the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra in a three CD boxed set.


  • The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is planning on a direct-to-disc release of the Symphony No. 7 with Bernard Haitink. This will be a vinyl only release.

  • TOBU Recordings in Japan is considering the release of a 10 CD boxed set containing the Symphonies 0-9 in versions for piano four-hands. Dino Sequi and Gerhard Hofer will be the pianists.

  • 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 - in time for Christmas, 2020. These video recordings were all made at St. Florian while the CD recordings from the same performers originate from Munich.


  • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. The first in a series of recordings by the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart conducted by Wolfgang Hofmann. This month we will feature the Symphony No. 4.


  • The store is divided up into sections for CDs & SACDs, Videos, Exclusive Recordings, Special Imports, Books & Scores, Downloads, and 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: December 15, 2019.


  • 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.

  • A dissertation by Marvin Lee von Deck on the orchestration of Bruckner's symphonies as been added.

  • A discussion of Bruckner's final finale by Trevor Cooper has been added.

  • New graphics (over 1,100) are frequently added.

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