Newsletter: April 1, 2018

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Welcome to the Newsletter from Abruckner.com!

As of March 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 items in each section.

This edition of my newsletter finds me in Basel, Switzerland after a seven day river cruise down the Rhine from Amsterdam. A few days in Basel and Amsterdam remain before I return home. For this reason, the newsletter for April 1st (Easter) will be very brief. The Download of the Month will resume in May.

Bruckner Tour of Austria: Great music, interesting sites, informative commentary, new friends, great food and beautiful scenery. If you love Bruckner’s music and his fascinating life, then don’t pass up the 2018 Bruckner Tour of Austria.

It is now official that the Third Bruckner Tour of Austria is on for August 11-21. I know that the people who have already signed up are excited about the trip and there is still time for you to sign up as well.

This tour has a few additional sites that have been added to an already full itinerary. This tour has added visits to Leonding where Bruckner invited his teacher, Otto Kitzler and his wife to a graduation celebration. We will make a visit to Hoersching (there is an amusing story about a pair of past tour participants who tried to visit this site independently) and we will also visit Bad Kruezen where Bruckner went for treatment for his nervous breakdown. It is an unusual site but a famous place where Bruckner finally made the life-changing shift from a school teacher to a composer.

Visits to such places as Windhaag and Kronstorf are hard to reach on your own and while in Linz, Vienna, Kremsmuenster and St. Florian, you will have access to sites that are not open to the public. These include the “Bruckner Stairs” Museum that leads up to the organ loft of the Alte Dom, a private viewing of some of Bruckner’s manuscripts held at the Austrian National Library and Kremsmuenster Abbey, and a tour of St. Florian including a descent into the crypt and Bruckner’s sarcophagus situated directly under the famous Bruckner Organ.

I will personally accompany the tour and will be on hand to answer any questions and introduce you to many of the Bruckner experts and musicians that we will meet along the way.. Also, noted Bruckner scholar, William Carragan will be on the tour and he will certainly be adding his comments to those of our expert tour guide.

LATEST NEWS
  • Bruckner concerts worldwide are posted via a link to Tatsuro Ouchi's concert website.

  • Gerd Schaller records the 1890 version of the Symphony No. 3.

  • Bruckner mentioned in a poem by Dana Gioia.

  • A new completion to the Bruckner Ninth has been published.

  • The program of the 2018 BrucknerTage is announced.


THE BRUCKNER SOCIETY OF AMERICA

  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! - The 2018 Brucknerathon will be taking place over the weekend of September 14-16. This is one week later than usual but that has been caused by a scheduling conflict. More information will follow.

  • Annual membership in the Bruckner Society is $30.00 per year. Your donations will help fund further research and publications.

  • Several CDs are being offered by the Society. The purchase of any of these CDs entitles you to a new or renewed annual membership in the Society.


THE BRUCKNER ARCHIVE

  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 9,150 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. Ask about our subscription service. It is important to note that the Bruckner Archive database is a different listing from the Discography database and contains many more performances.

  • Newly acquired recordings can be seen in the "Recordings in Queue" listing in the Bruckner Archive section. These recordings are in the process of being auditioned, edited and added to the archive database.

  • The Bruckner Archive also holds a large collection of prints, postcards, books, scores and other material. Some are available for viewing in the Bruckner Archive Section. More will be made available in the coming months.


EDITOR'S SECTION

  • 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.


FEATURED NEW RELEASES

NOTE: There will be no shipment of in-stock items between March 21 and April 4.

    JAPANESE RELEASES (Many in stock at abruckner.com)

  • DGG in Japan has released two re-mastered single layer SACD three disc sets of Herbert von Karajan's Bruckner recordings. Set 1 contains Symphonies 4 - 6 and Set 2 contains Symphonies 7 - 9 plus the Te Deum and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. These will only play on SACD players. Available for special order

  • Altus has released recordings of the Bruckner Symphonies 4, 8 and 9 as performed by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Available for special order

  • Altus releases stereo recordings of Lovro von Matacic leading the French National Orchestra in performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 3 and 9. They are currently in stock!

  • Memories Reverence has released a 3 CD set with George Szell in concert performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 3, 7 and 8. In Stock!!

  • Delta Classics' CD containing the first release of extracts from a 1942 Bruckner Fifth Symphony with Wilhelm Furtwangler and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In stock!!

    All Japanese CDs are available via special order


    NEW SPECIAL IMPORTS & EXCLUSIVES (Limited stock)

  • The Linz Bruckner Orchestra's special boxed set with Symphonies 2, 3 and 7 is available at a special price.

  • A DVD of the Bruckner Symphony No. 9 and Te Deum performed in the Cologne Cathedral with Gilbert Levine and the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is now available.

  • Gerd Schaller's performance of the Symphony No. 9 with his own completion of the Finale on DVD is available here exclusively.

  • Four Bruckner recordings performed by Chinese orchestras have been offered for streaming by Orchard Music. I have prepared CDs of these recordings for collectors.

  • The piano four-hands performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 as performed by dual pianists, Dino Sequi and Gerhard Hofer is now available for sale exclusively from my web store. Symphonies 1-8 in this series are now available both as CDs and as downloads.

  • Recordings of the Bruckner 4th and 7th Symphonies as conducted by Antal Dorati!

  • The world premiere CD of Anton Bruckner's orchestration of the first movement of Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata - Taken from the "Kitzler Study Book." Now also available as a low cost download!

  • Thomas Mandel's fascinating Jazz transcriptions of Bruckner's Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 are now available EXCLUSIVELY though this website!

  • The late Rupert Frieberger's critically acclaimed performance of the Study Symphony in F Minor (on the Fabian Label) (low stock!).

    APRIL NEW RELEASES

  • New! Gerd Schaller continues his Bruckner series with a performance of the "First Published Edition" of the Symphony No. 3

    MARCH NEW RELEASES

  • High Definition Tape Transfers releases a re-mastering of Haitink's classic Concertgebouw recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.

  • Gramola releases a Hybrid Surround Sound Bruckner Fifth from the Brucknertage Festival.

  • C Major releases the Symphony No. 1 - the latest installment in the near complete Thielemann video Bruckner cycle (DVD and Blu-Ray).

  • A new recording of Bruckner's Missa Solemnis is released which incorporates Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs' new edition.

  • Yannick Nezet-Seguin's Bruckner cycle (1-9) is released on ATMA Classics.

  • The Symphony No. 9 with Nors Josephson's Finale is re-released on a Danacord CD.

  • Gerd Schaller's (00-9) cycle is officially released.

  • Profil releases a new boxed set of Bruckner's works.

    FEBRUARY NEW RELEASES

  • SWR Classics have just reissued two classic performances (Kurt Sanderling Bruckner 7th and Carlo Maria Giulini's Bruckner 9th) at mid-price on the SWR Classics label.
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FUTURE RELEASES AND RECENT DISCOVERIES

  • Andris Nelsons' Bruckner 4th with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is to be released by DGG in February. The Symphony No. 7 is due out in the Spring.

  • Reiner Moritz in Germany has informed me that he is working on a new documentary about Anton Bruckner. He is co-operating with a French company that is recording all 9 symphonies at St. Florian with Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic. He will also be using the Linzer Singakademie and the organists of St. Florian and Linz Cathedral. A home video release is planned for the beginning of 2020.

  • Gerd Schaller's full orchestra arrangement of the String Quintet will be released on Profil along with a recording of the Overture in G Minor.

  • The London Symphony Orchestra will be releasing a Blu-Ray disc of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with Simon Rattle conducting.


DOWNLOADS

  • The Download of the Month features a video and audio recording of the Four Orchestral Pieces performed by Peter Aigner and the Orchester Forum Kremstal.

  • Be sure to check out the "Downloads from Other Sites." I have recently added a new section containing web streams that are available for a limited amount of time. These are usually live broadcasts where the radio station allows for a brief period of "on demand" listening.


WEB STORE

  • Please visit the web store and consider a purchase which will assist in the continuation of this website. The store is divided up into sections for CDs & SACDs, Videos, Exclusive Recordings, Special Imports, Books & Scores, Downloads, LPs, Samples and Collectibles. Be sure to check out each section for new items.

  • Gerd Schaller's recordings of Bruckner's Symphony in F Minor, Symphony in D Minor, Symphony No. 3 (Rattig Edition) and Symphony No. 9 (with his Finale completion) are available from abruckner.com at a very special discount.

  • Abruckner.com has entered into an agreement with the publisher of the MWV's Bruckner scores and publications. Order scores and critical reports from Abruckner.com. Click here for details. **** Next order deadline: April 6, 2018 ****

  • Check out the "Samples" section for occasional specials and out-of-print offers.


FEATURES

  • 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.


ARTICLES / GRAPHICS / RECORDING REVIEWS

  • Recording review submissions are accepted.

  • Essays in English are entered as they are discovered or accepted. Many of William Carragan's essays have been updated and are accessed directly from his new website.

  • New graphics are frequently added.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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John F. Berky