Newsletter: May 1, 2017

Newsletter: May 1, 2017
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As of April 28th 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, 2017

I am happy to announce that the Bruckner Society's Annual "Bruckerathon" Symposium will be taking place in Windsor and Simsbury, Connecticut over the weekend of Friday, September 8th through Sunday, September 10th. Information about the event can be found under Latest News and under Bruckner Society News. Information will be updated as the event approaches. We certainly hope that you will join us for this annual gathering of Bruckner scholars and enthusiasts.

This newsletter is being sent a few days early since I will be preoccupied over the next two weeks. The May 15th newsletter may not happen and if it does, it is certain to be abbreviated. Any CD orders should be submitted no later than May 1st. Downloads will continue to be available.

Some recent dealings have me wondering just what will be the future of discographies such as the one embedded in this website. From what I have been reading, Millennials don't seem to have much interest in collecting music. For a while, it seemed that downloading would be the next trend, but that has now been quickly superseded by simply streaming the music one wants to hear at any given time. Eventually vast amounts of music (and other data) will simply be a keystroke away. Given that trend, one wonders if discographies may end up as stagnant lists of recordings that were once available as a physical object. Already, the Bruckner discography has followed these trends and lists downloads that are not otherwise available as a physical CD. But they must be downloads and not temporary "on demand" streams that only last a few weeks or months. It may be an arbitrary distinction, but keeping track of ever-changing download links and the temporary streaming of "on demand" media is beyond the scope of this discography. Nevertheless, if a Bruckner recording is made available in a way that allows the listener to purchase it, store it and replay it, then rest assured that it will be listed here.

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

  • A Bruckner Deal on Amazon.

  • A Bruckner Choral concert in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

  • Simon Rattle's Berlin Phil Bruckner 8th to be streamed on BPO's Digital Concert Hall.

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

  • 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.


  • The 2017 Brucknerathon (September 8-10)

  • 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.

    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 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. (Available below cost!)

  • 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. (one left!)

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


  • Released by Pentatone, Gustavo Gimeno makes his Bruckner recording debut with the Symphony No. 1 and the Four Orchestral Pieces.


  • 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.


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

  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 our second installent of performances by Bernhard Gueller and the South German Youth Philharmonic - their recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.

  • 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 Andris Nelsons 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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John F. Berky

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