Newsletter:June 1, 2024

Newsletter:June 1, 2024
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As of May 31st 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 - June 1, 2024

During the past few months, there has been a significant change in the way many classical albums are distributed in the USA. It is all the more fascinating for me since it is happening at a time when the number of Bruckner releases is at an all-time high. With the exception of the major labels (Sony / DGG / London / Philips, etc.) most labels are distributed by NaxosUSA. This arrangement has been in place for many years, but starting in January, things began to change. While Naxos still handles the promotion of these classical labels (such as BIS, Chandos, BR Klassik, Gramola, Oehms, CPO, Capriccio, etc), the actual distribution has been handed over to Alliance Entertainment. The transition has been bumpy, but it's getting better. At first, the new release guides were a few months late. Now, they are about to catch up. Ordering of product has changed and, once again, the process is improving. The eventual upside to this change is that Alliance handles other labels that Naxos USA did not and those will now become more readily available to me. So while shipping has been erratic (and that extends to you) it looks like a few more labels will begin to appear on this website. And don't forget, it is the sale of CDs that allows this website to continue.

There is still time to join the 2024 Bruckner Tour of Austria. Thanks to the 200th Anniversary, there are some special concerts and exhibits that have been scheduled and we will be there to enjoy them all. I will be joining the tour on the days surrounding Bruckner's birthday. It will be fun to see all the celebrations and the attention given to honor Herr Bruckner on this important occasion. If you are still considering joining us, Please look at the itinerary. There is still room for you!

Because of the anniversary, the amount of work handling the discography and the website has increased substantially. Broadcasts are pouring in at the rate of 3-5 per day and each month has brought multiple commercial releases. In order to manage the influx, I am keeping this newsletter brief, but I suggest that you look at the latest news and new release sections to stay up-to-date.

Michael Cucka, Treasurer of the Bruckner Society of America and Editor of the Society's Bruckner Journal has developed a 24 hour Bruckner music channel. If you want to listen to some great music without having to make your own selections, all you need to do is click here.

SOMM Records second volume of their CD series, "Bruckner from the Archive" is being released this month. My allotment of these records are offered at a steep discount and sell out quickly. I am happy to report that the series is receiving excellent reviews and is selling very well. Recordings are from my archive digitally restored by Lani Spahr and booklet notes are written by Benjamin Korstvedt. It's a SOMM Recordings/Bruckner Archive/Bruckner Society of America co-production. Don't miss it!

  • Please join the Bruckner Society of America. The Society is now celebrating its 92nd 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 12,150 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. My focus is 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.


    • Essays in English and other languages are entered as they are discovered or accepted.

    • New graphics (over 1,400) are frequently added.

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    Stay safe and happy listening!

    John F. Berky