Newsletter: February 1, 2021

Newsletter: February 1, 2021
Welcome to the Newsletter from!

As of January 30th 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 - February 1, 2021

As I have written to you before, the recording industry is going through a series of changes due to the shifting buying patterns from CDs to downloads and streaming. As part of this pattern, distributors are now requiring retailers to make minimum orders. This is fine for big mass marketers, but for small operations (like it becomes a challenge. Some distributors allow for unsold stock to be returned but the process is cumbersome and the reimbursements are painfully slow.

So, 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 ""

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.

With all the talk about BREXIT in the news lately, one would have thought that we knew all the implications of this transition. But something has came up last month that directly impacts my dealing with any customers in the United Kingdom. Beginning on January 1st, all online retailers outside of the United Kingdom are required to charge a 20% VAT on all goods shipped to the U.K. Online sellers, from large companies like Amazon to retailers like me, must register with the U.K. tax authority, collect VAT and send those funds to the tax authority every three months. If items are shipped without the VAT payments, they will be, "delayed, returned or destroyed" by U.K. customs. For small operations like mine, my logical recourse is to offer some of my items through Ebay and let Ebay handle the VAT issues, but that will force me to raise my prices to U.K customers to cover the Ebay commission in addition to the VAT that all U.K. customers must pay. I wonder if the voters in the U.K. actually knew about these changes when they voted to leave the E.U. More to follow.

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 “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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


    • Gerd Schaller prepares an organ transcription of the Bruckner Ninth including the Finale. Recording due soon.

    • Naxos provides a podcast of the latest Ondine release of Bruckner motets.

    • An old clipping from the Hartford Courant reports on the 1937 Regensburg Valhalla ceremony.

    • 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.

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


    • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,600 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.



    • Gerd Schaller's Organ Transcription of the Symphony # 9 will be available here on CD this month.

    • Mariss Janson's Bavarian Radio recording of the Symphony No. 6 is released as a single CD.


    • 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.)


    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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 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.


    • 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 the Symphony No. 7 from a recently discovered 2010 CD by the Bremen Youth Orchestra conducted by Stefan Geiger.


    • 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.

    PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SITE All the information provided on this site is available to you free-of-charge. But it is not free for me to get it to you. Recordings must be purchased as does the server space upon which this website is stored. We have provided two easy ways for you to support this venture. First is to purchase recordings in my web store and second is to make your regular purchases through my homepage web links to online retailers. Purchases will support the ongoing expenses of operating this website.

    Stay safe and happy listening!

    John F. Berky