Newsletter: April 15, 2017

Newsletter: April 15, 2017
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As of April 15th 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 - April 15, 2017

Over the weekend of March 31 - April 1, I had the opportunity to attend the Biennial Bruckner Journal Readers Conference in Oxford, England. It was the second of these conferences that I have attended and it lived up to my high expectations with several excellent presentations. The conference also afforded us an opportunity to offer thanks to retiring editor, Ken Ward and his assistant, Raymond Cox. In addition, it provided the Bruckner Society of America with a proper venue to present the Kilenyi Medal of Honor to conductor, Gerd Schaller who was in attendance.

The conference also highlighted the international scope of interest in Bruckner's music and while we have come to accept a concentration of interest in Austria and Germany, it was gratifying to see scholarly presentations from the United Kingdom and the United States.

It should be acknowledged that this international spread of scholarship has occurred thanks to the open policy that Thomas Leibnitz has provided at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. Prior to his tenure, Bruckner's manuscripts and other source material held at the ONB was not available to researchers. This open policy has greatly expanded our knowledge of the composer and his music.

The conference also highlighted an interesting geographic focal point in the United States. It so happens that the three American editors of the Bruckner Edition (William Carragan, Paul Hawkshaw, and Benjamin Korstvedt) all live within 120 miles of each other. If you connect the places where they live, you end up with a small triangle in Western New England. Within that triangle, you will find my home ( and the home of Michael Cucka, the new editor of The Bruckner Journal. Given this unusual concentration of Brucknerian attentiveness, I hereby decree that this patch of Northeastern United States be henceforth known as "The Bruckner Triangle."

  • Brucknerathon / Bruckner Society Annual Meeting scheduled for September 8-10.

  • Selected CDs and DVDs for sale in my webstore. Some items at dealer cost or below!

  • BBC Music Magazine gets it completely wrong.

  • A rarely heard version of the Bruckner Symphony No. 3 will be presented at Ebrach this summer.

  • The BrucknerTage St. Florian announces their 2017 program.


  • Conductor, Gerd Schaller receives the Bruckner Society Medal of Honor at the Bruckner Journal Conference in Oxford.

  • The Society releases its "Bruckner-Streit" translation project essays to its members.

  • Discographer, Hans Roelofs is awarded the Bruckner Society Medal of Honor.

  • Daniel Barenboim receives the Bruckner Society's medal of honor at a Carnegie Hall reception.

  • The Bruckner Society's scrapbooks from the 1940s - 1960s are examined. Images added to the Society's member area.

    An essay will soon be available to members that will discuss the various versions and editions of the Bruckner symphonies with audio links to help you to clearly identify differences between the versions.

    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 (with over 8,500 listings) has been updated and it is an easy file to download. 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 added to the database.


  • 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.


    JAPANESE RELEASES (In stock!!)

  • Weitblick releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 4 with the late Georges Pretre conducting the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

  • Altus releases re-mastered recordings of Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting Bruckner's Symphonies 4 and 7.

  • King International releases a Bruckner 4th with Hiroshi Wakasugi conducting the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

  • King International releases a Bruckner 7th with Tadaaki Otaka conducting the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

  • Altus releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with Lovro von Matacic conducting the RAI Orchestra of Milan.

  • Jonathan Nott's recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra on an Exton SACD.

  • Paavo Jarvi's cycle continues with an SACD release of the Bruckner Symphony No. 2.

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

  • A Fontec CD release of the Bruckner 4th conducted by Max Pommer.

  • Takashi Asahina's Sapporo performance of the Bruckner Fourth on a CD released by the orchestra.

  • Altus' CD release of a remastering of the famous 1975 Asahina Bruckner 7th recorded at St. Florian.

    Other Japanese CDs are available here via special order


  • The Bruckner Orchestra Linz releases the first in their The Essential Bruckner series. The set includes Symphonies 2 and 3 in their first versions and the Symphony No. 7. All are recorded at the Basilika at St. Florian.

  • Korean Decca releases a boxed set of Bruckner symphonies 1-9 with Hun-Joung Lim conducting the Korean Symphony Orchestra.

  • The piano four-hands performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 as performed by dual pianists, Dino Sequi and Gerhard Hofer is now available for sale exclusively from my web store. Symphonies 1-7 in this series are now available.

  • Sir Simon Rattle's first recording of the Bruckner 8th is released by ABC Classics in Australia. The performance features the Australian World Orchestra.

  • 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 5 and 7 are now available EXCLUSIVELY though this website!

  • Bavarian Radio's private CD offer of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4 conducted by Mariss Jansons. (low stock!)

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


  • Gramola releases a hybrid surround sound SACD of the Symphony No 6 with Remy Ballot conducting (from the 2016 BrucknerTage Festival).

  • Arthaus Musik has released a specially-priced multi DVD set of Franz Welser-Moest leading the Cleveland Orchestra in Symphonies 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9


  • Ivor Bolton completes his excellent Bruckner cycle (1-9) with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg with an Oehms Classics CD release of the 1872 version of the Symphony No. 2.

  • Christian Thielemann continues his Dresden Staatskapelle cycle with a recording on DVD / Blu-Ray of the Symphony No. 6.

  • Eugen Jochum's 1954 performance of the Te Deum is released on a Urania 3 CD set.


  1. Gerd Schaller's own completion of the Bruckner Ninth is due out in the US this spring. Limited stock available from in early April!

  2. Riccardo Muti's Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of the Bruckner Symphony No 9 will be issued this spring on the orchestra's CSO Resound label.


  • The Download of the Month features an interesting recording of Johann Nepomuk David's Introitus, Chorale and Fugue" for Organ and Winds on a Theme by Anton Bruckner.

  • 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. The latest additions include performances by Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti.


  • 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.

  • 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: June 30, 2017 ****

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


  • 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.


  • Recording review submissions are accepted.

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

  • New graphics are frequently added.


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