Newsletter: March 1, 2023

Newsletter: March 1, 2023
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Newsletter - March 1, 2023

There are two events that are taking place this spring that I would like to highlight, once again, this month.

The first is the Bruckner Readers Conference which will be taking place on April 7-8 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Traditionally, this conference has taken place in Oxford, England, but since the Bruckner Journal editorship is now in the very capable hands of Dr. Michael Cucka, the venue has changed to the USA. It should also be noted that The Bruckner Journal is now becoming the "print arm" of the Bruckner Society of America.

Dr. Cucka has been planning this conference for several years and he has been working with Professor Paul Hawkshaw of Yale in preparing this event. Prof. Hawkshaw has been actively involved in the preparation of the New Bruckner Edition.

An additional attraction at this event is the premiere performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 in the New Bruckner Edition as prepared by Paul Hawkshaw. Peter Oundjian will lead the Yale Philharmonia (Woolsey Hall, New Haven on Thursday, April 6th.)

Information on how to register for the conference can be found here,

The second event worth noting is a performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 5 by the Albany Symphony Orchestra on March 11-12 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York. At first glance, this may look like an unremarkable event, but the Troy Music Hall, despite its name and location, happens to be one of the best acoustical concert halls in the world. World famous musicians have made it a point to perform there simply because of the acoustics. It is going to be a sonic spectacular. And to make it more enticing the Albany Symphony Orchestra is offering a 50% discount to readers. More information is available here.

Finally, The Austrian National Library and the Austrian Academy of Sciences is calling for papers
for their April, 2024 symposium entitled, Aspects of Bruckner: 200 Years of Bruckner - 100 Years of Bruckner Research., Information can be downloaded from the "Latest News" section.

  • 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 11,300 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 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 1,300) are frequently added.

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    John F. Berky