Newsletter: December 1, 2020

Newsletter: December 1, 2020
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Newsletter - December 1, 2020

    It's time for some news about complete cycles – one is now complete (in two versions), three are in the works and the fourth – I’m beginning to wonder.

    The Valery Gergiev cycle is now complete. It is available now in an elegant Blu-Ray/DVD video boxed set which also includes a full-length video documentary on Bruckner produced by Reiner Moritz, a new book (in English) on Bruckner by Bruckner scholar Elisabeth Meier, and a facsimile of Bruckner’s Curriculum Vitae with translations. This set, with all performances beautifully filmed in concert (by Telemondis) at St. Florian, has been released by Arthaus Musik Productions in Germany. At present, Arthaus does not have a US Distributor, so I have arranged to import limited copies for purchase on my website for U.S. collectors. If you are interested in a set, please let me know soon, since I only have a few copies. By late November the Munich Philharmonic's CD set of the same cycle will be available on the orchestra’s own label. I will not be offering that one on my website since the U.S. distributor requires a large purchase. The set is audio only - no book - no documentary.

    In the future, we can expect a second cycle from Christian Thielemann. Thielemann started a video cycle with the Munich Philharmonic several years ago, but when he accepted the music directorship of the Dresden Staatskapelle, he re-started a cycle (1-9) which is now complete and available on DVD and Blu-Ray. His second cycle (audio only) with the Vienna Philharmonic will be produced by Sony Classics. It will be the VPO’s first cycle under one conductor.

    Gerd Schaller has plans to fill in his existing cycle with performances of the different versions. That project was supposed to be completed by 2024 (Bruckner’s 200th anniversary) but the timeline may be pushed back due to the pandemic.

    Remy Ballot's cycle from the BrucknerTage, St. Florian is moving along one year at a time. The Symphony No. 4 in Benjamin Korstvedt's 1888 edition was to have been recorded this summer, but has been delayed for one year.

    I am having my doubts about another cycle. RCA has been moving along at a glacial pace with the Paavo Jarvi / Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra cycle. Over the course of several years, they have released all the symphonies (as hybrid SACDs) except 0 and 8. Jarvi has performed both with the orchestra, and the Bruckner Archive has two recordings of “Die Nullte” and no less than seven recordings of the Symphony No. 8, so we know the recordings exist even if Jarvi has left Frankfurt for his new post at the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. So, let's hope RCA/BMG follows through.

    In other news, William Carragan’s superb new book, ANTON BRUCKNER – Eleven Symphonies is NOW AVAILABLE and is a must read for any Bruckner enthusiast. Carragan puts his enormous knowledge of Bruckner’s music on paper and complements his descriptions with smartphone “Q Codes” (or an associated website) of audio examples so the reader / listener can understand the differences between the various versions. If you do not buy one for yourself, then share this link as an unsubtle hint for a holiday gift. The book is published by the Bruckner Society of America. I am handling the fulfillment and promise to ship copies quickly.


  • 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.


  • Benjamin Korstvedt receives the Claude V. Palisca Award for his edition of the Bruckner Fourth.

  • Roberto Ferrazza's completion of the Bruckner Ninth Finale to be performed in Thailand.

  • The 1935 Weimar Bruckner Fest - some details.

  • Two Bruckner letters at the Library of Congress.

  • Jackie Orzel's Bruckner Blues.

  • The Gergiev Bruckner video cycle is now available. More information on the new release can be found here.

  • William Carragan's long-awaited book on Bruckner's eleven symphonies is now available. 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 AND IS DUE TO SHIP THIS MONTH.

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


  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,500 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.



  • Pristine Classics re-masters the Horenstein / Gothenberg Bruckner 6th.


  • 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.


  • 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 Symphony No.5 as performed in 2016 by the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in China as conducted by Renchang Fu.


  • 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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