Newsletter: June 1, 2020

Newsletter: June 1, 2020
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Newsletter - June 1, 2020

There is a major change on the website (and the newsletter) this month:

The Bruckner Society of America will no longer have its own heading in my newsletter. As mentioned earlier, the Bruckner Society web pages have migrated off of my website and the Society now has its own website at While and the Society will continue our strong relationship (and a link for the Society remains on my navigation bar) it is no longer an integral part of this website.

I am working on a new project and I could use your help. I am attempting to compile a listing of Bruckner Symphony cycles that took place, but never made it to full commercial release. These would include performances recorded for broadcast or for archival purposes.
Hiroshi Wakasugi / NHK Symphony Orchestra
Gerhard Markson / RTE National Orchestra of Ireland
Stephan Sanderling / Toledo Symphony Orchestra

The listing will also include public concert cycles that were probably never officially recorded.
Early Austrian concert cycles
Daniel Barenboim's / Berlin Staatskapelle cycle at Carnegie Hall

If you have knowledge of any such cycles, please let me know.

There are some new items on the website. Those of you with good piano skills (and a piano) may enjoy the piano-two-hands score of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in the Download/Scores Section.

Also, those interested in historic recordings will want to investigate the rare video clip of Eugen Jochum conducting the opening of the first movement of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 that was filmed in 1943 for the National Socialist film, "Philharmoniker." The video features the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performing in the Old Philharmonie which was destroyed by Allied bombers just a few months later. This can be found in two places in the Editor's Section: under "Bruckner and the Third Reich" and "Bruckner in the Movies, TV, Radio."

Also under the "Bruckner and the Third Reich" tab, there is a new video clip from the "1937 Regensburg Ceremony" that shows Joseph Goebbels making his Famous "Bruckner and the Fatherland" speech.

Finally, I should advise you that the Bruckner Archive has collaborated with TOBU Recordings in Japan to produced a CD boxed set of the Bruckner Symphonies 0-9 as performed by Dino Sequi and Gerhard Hofer. The set has quickly become a best seller in Japan and has gone into its second printing. I have about a dozen sets here that I am selling for less than they are selling for in Japan. So while supplies last, order one via the New Release link to the right. I have no plans to bring more in at this time.


  • 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.

    My monthly reminders:

    [1] Subscribe to The Bruckner Journal.

    [2] CASH REWARD FOR WANTED RECORDINGS. Click here for details.


    • Cornelis van Zwol, A noted Bruckner scholar has died.

    • The Bruckner Renaissance, by Frederick Betz.

    • A new Bruckner 9th Finale Coda - by A. Kirsch.

    • BBC Music Magazine features a Bruckner CD.

    • Bruckner - The grandfather of film music.

    • Listening to Bruckner and watching with a 360 Degree Camera.

    • Bruckner Orchestra Linz Releases a Special LP of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8.

    • Bruckner Journal Reader's Conference Scheduled for January, 2021 at Yale University - Call for Papers!


    • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,300 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 performing 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.



    • 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.


    • No new releases.


    • BR Klassik releases Jansons Bruckner 4th (previously available as a limited edition CD).


    • Saint Laurent Studios releases a Boston Symphony / Steinberg Bruckner 7th.

      JAPANESE RELEASES (Some items available for special order)

    • Tower Records continues its series of re-releases with a SACD set of Symphonies 3-5,7, and 8 with Takashi Asahina conducting the New Japan Philharmonic.

    • Tower Records releases Volume I (Symphonies 1-3) with SACD re-releases of Eugen Jochum's DGG cycle.

    • The Osaka College Horn Ensemble releases a CD with a transcription for horns of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7.

    • Altus is releasing LPs of the Symphonies No. 8 and 9 by Carl Schuricht and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

    • 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. This item is in stock at a special price!

    • Tower Records has re-released Rudolf Kempe's Bruckner recordings on SACD (previously available on Acanta CDs)

    • Altus Recordings is releasing Gunter Wand's Deutsches Symphony Orchestra recording of the Bruckner 9th on SACD and vinyl.


    • TOBU Records in Japan is planning a set of Bruckner symphonies in arrangements for Jazz ensemble. The performances were all recorded in Austria.

    • 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 - in time for Christmas, 2020. These video recordings were all made at St. Florian. Most of the Gergiev CD performances originate from the same concerts - the present exception is the Symphony No. 4 which was recorded in Munich.


    • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. This month, we feature a performance by the late Gerd Albrecht. Albracht embarked on a series of Bruckner performances with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra during his short tenure as their music director. All these recordings are now out-of-print. This month, we feature the Symphony No. 7.


    • 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: July 31, 2010.


    • 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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    John F. Berky