Newsletter: May 1, 2022

Newsletter: May 1, 2022
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As of April 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 - May 1, 2022

2024 is approaching quickly. For those of us in the United States, that creates an immediate tremor as it is the year of the next presidential election. But it is also the 200th anniversary of Anton Bruckner's birth!

There will be lots of events and it is assured that Bruckner will be showing up on more concerts all over the world. It's hard to know what special recordings will surface, but some projects are already underway. Andris Nelsons has just completed his Bruckner cycle (1-9) with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Francois-Xavier Roth has just stated his cycle with the Guerzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Markus Poschner and Gerd Schaller are in the midst of their much more complete cycles and Christian Thielemann is closing in on his second cycle - the new one (0-9) with the Vienna Philharmonic. It can be assured that boxed sets of all these cycles will be forthcoming by 2024. If all goes well, there may be a Bruckner Tour of Austria that year as well. Stay tuned.

I am happy to report that the "Features" section of this website is now sorted by date. Website maintenance can be an ongoing issue and it is not uncommon for listings to get out-of-date. What was happening was that some of the stories that were initially listed as "Latest News" were being shifted to "Features" with little or no date reference. Now, everything that is posted in "Features" is associated with a date.

  • Join the Bruckner Society of America. The Society is now celebrating its 91st year. Annual membership is just $30.00 and it provides access to special essays and recordings and a subscription to The Bruckner Journal which is published three times per year. It is also the only place where you can obtain William Carragan’s superb new book, ANTON BRUCKNER – Eleven Symphonies - 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 purchase of William Carragan's book includes a one year subscription to the Society.

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    • Any news about Bruckner that reaches my desk is posted here. After a while, interesting stories are moved to the FEATURES SECTION (below).


    • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 11,000 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 is fully sortable including the ability to sort by performance date!


    • There are many subjects covered here. While the topics remain relatively static, the sections themselves are frequently updated, so make it a point to check out the various subjects under this heading.


    • A listing of new releases and exclusive recordings - many currently available in my webstore.


    • A listing of future releases and recordings that have recently been discovered.


    • A collection of wonderful downloads including scores and the always popular DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH.


    • The web store focuses on new Bruckner recordings and other Bruckner recordings that are not generally available. The store 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. I tend to focus on new releases and hard-to-find items.


    • As stories in the LATEST NEWS AND POSTINGS 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. Items in Features are sorted by date.


    • 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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    Stay safe and happy listening!

    John F. Berky