Newsletter: October 1, 2020

Newsletter: October 1, 2020
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Newsletter - October 1, 2020

We are coming up on two important Bruckner anniversaries. In 2021, we will be observing the 125th anniversary of Bruckner's death in Vienna. In 2024, we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth in Ansfelden. September of 2024 promises to be a busy time with concerts throughout Austria and Germany. While plans have not firmed up and probably will not for a few more years, I can confirm that plans are underway for the fourth Bruckner Tour of Austria. The plan will be to follow the success of the past three tours in that participants will meet at a hotel in Vienna and we will travel together to important locations in Bruckner's life. In this case, there are certain to be more concerts. So, for now, if such a tour is of interest, just block off the first two weeks of September of 2024.

My ongoing project to identify Bruckner cycles that were never recorded or commercially released continues to be updated. Thanks to many contributors, the listing has grown substantially. You can look at the results here. Interestingly, one of the cycles listed was one by Hiroshi Wakasugi and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Just last month, that cycle was released on CD in Japan. If you know of any other performance cycles, please let me know.


  • 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.

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    • In November, Arthaus will be releasing their long-awaited cycle of Bruckner Symphonies (1-9) with Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The lavish set will include DVD and Blu-Ray discs of the performances all of which were recorded over the past few years in the stiftsbasilika at St. Florian. In addition to the cycle, the set will include a new full-length documentary on Bruckner's life and work by the celebrated film producer, Reiner Moritz and a new book on Bruckner by Elisabeth Meier. More information on the new release can be found here.

    • William Carragan's long-awaited book on Bruckner's eleven symphonies will be available in a few weeks. If you have not yet ordered a copy, now is the time to do so. Copies are available in signed and un-signed editions. NOTE: If you have previously ordered a book, there is no need to contact us unless your address has changed. 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.

    • Transcriptions for organ of Bruckner's symphonies now available.

    • Oehms announces an organ transcription CD cycle (0-9).

    • A Bruckner symphony is offered by the New England Philharmonic.

    • The Bruckner Orchestra Linz offers a Zoom concert featuring music by Bruckner.

    • Mary Hetzel's English Translation of Bruckner's correspondence added to Articles and Essays.

    • The Bruckner Journal Reader's Conference Scheduled for January, 2021 at Yale University has been cancelled.


    • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 10,400 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.



    • 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.

    • 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.


    • 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).


    • The Berlin Philharmonic offers a direct-to-disc LP of Bernard Haitink's recent performance of the Bruckner 7th.

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

    • Fontec announces the release of a 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.


    • The big Gergiev / Munich Philharmonic boxed set with Symphonies 1-9 recorded at St. Florian will be released in November. It includes a documentary and a new book on Bruckner.

    • 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 MIDI realized two-piano transcription of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 in a preforming version of 1876. The transcription and the MIDI were created by William Carragan, A copy of the score is also attached.


    • 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 1,100) are frequently added.

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