Newsletter: May 1, 2020

Newsletter: May 1, 2020
Stay safe - Stay well
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Newsletter - May 1, 2020

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. Things have been quiet here and, if the weather obliges, I have been spending a good deal of time outside working on our yard. This is always the nice time of year where all the trees and plants are turning green and, at least for a few weeks, the lawn looks good before the bugs and crabgrass take over. So it is nice to be outside.

A couple of things to bring up before I move to Bruckner news:

  • Amazon has indeed cut off my US Associates account so there is no longer any commission from sales through that link. The Amazon UK and Germany links as well as still work. I'm not happy, but I will leave it there...

  • 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 is now going 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.

  • The graphic above is a change from my usual postal theme. My thanks to a colleague in Vienna who shared it with me. It seems fitting for the time.

    As mentioned in my last newsletter, many concerts have been cancelled everywhere and broadcasts associated with them were obviously cancelled as well. Many orchestras, in an attempt to keep their organizations in front of the public, are opening up their archives for patrons to enjoy. There is no lack of musical programming. Take advantage of the offer while it lasts.

    A reminder that the new Bruckner Society of America website is now up and running. Michael Cucka, the Editor of the Bruckner Journal has taken over the site and the Bruckner Journal will become an integral part of the Society. I will continue to handle the “back-office” activity of the Society along with my work on the website. Separating the Society and was necessary since they both have shopping offers online and it was easy for patrons to send their money to the wrong entity. That has now been cleared up.

    My monthly reminders:

    [1] Subscribe to The Bruckner Journal.

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


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

    • The Bruckner Renaissance, by Frederick Betz.

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

    • BBC Music Magazine to feature 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!

    • Anton Bruckner: Eleven Symphonies - A new book by William Carragan to be issued by the Bruckner Society of America.

    • Bruckner Archive acquires the Bruckner Medal of Honor given to Franz Moissl in 1933.

    • The 2018 Bruckner Tour of Austria is Featured in a new Bruckner documentary.


    • The Bruckner Society is planning to merge with the Bruckner Journal. The Society's webpage has been re-designed to incorporate the Bruckner Journal as a member benefit.

    • 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 10,250 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.


    • Links to other Bruckner-related websites that might be of interest.



    • 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.


    • BIS releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 6 with Thomas Dausgaard and the Bergen Philharmonic.

    • High Definition Tape Transfers releases the Eugen Jochum Symphony No. 5 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

      JAPANESE RELEASES (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.

    • Exton releases a Bruckner 7th in their series with the New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Toshiyuki Kamioka.

    • James DePreist is featured in the Bruckner 2nd and 9th Symphonies with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in a TOBU 2 CD set.

    • Weitblick Recordings release a Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with Evgeni Svetlanov conducting the Gothenburg Symphony 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 will be stocked by 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..


    • 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. 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: 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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