Newsletter: August 1, 2017

Newsletter: August 1, 2017
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As of July 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 - August 1, 2017

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.

Since my last newsletter, the Bruckner Society made major progress on a project that has been in the planning stages for a long time. On July 18th and 19th, Bruckner Society board members, Benjamin Korstvedt, William Carragan and myself essentially sequestered ourselves in a hotel room and worked through the audio examples for a path-breaking booklet that will help any devotee of Bruckner's symphonies to clearly identify the many different versions and editions of these compositions. Over the course of two days (with occasional breaks to celebrate William Carragan's 80th birthday) we isolated over ninety audio examples that will clearly illustrate the differences. The booklet is now being written and plans are to present a segment of the project to the full board when we meet in September. This "field guide" to the Bruckner symphonies is sure to become one of the most valuable additions to any Bruckner enthusiast's library.

Also last month, BSA Treasurer and Bruckner Journal editor, Michael Cucka and I met briefly with conductor Gerd Schaller who was in New York City for a few days. We had an opportunity to talk with him about his plans which include a new CD containing Bruckner's Overture in G Minor and Schaller's own arrangement for FULL orchestra of Bruckner's String Quintet. The CD, on the Profil label, is due out this fall.

So I am happy to report that there are many exciting things coming our way.

  • An image gallery of Bayreuth relating to Anton Bruckner's visit.

  • The West Coast "Brucknerthon" - September 2nd.

  • An old (and controversial) cartoon relating to Mahler and the Vienna Bruckner monument.

  • The "Ant-On Bruckner" Graphic.

  • Austin (Texas) Symphony to Perform Rare Bruckner.

  • Michael Miller's Review of the Barenboim Carnegie Hall Cycle.

  • The Bruckner Archive acquires a Ferdinand Michl Bruckner Print.

  • A Bruckner Catafalque.

  • Premiere of the new edition of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to be performed at Yale.

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

  • 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) If you plan to attend, sign up NOW!

  • Society members to prepare a "Field Guide" to the various Bruckner Editions and Versions.

  • The Society's Form 990-PF for the year 2016 has been posted under legal notices

  • 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 8,700 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 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 (Many in stock at

  • Weitblick releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 4 with the late Georges Pretre conducting the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. (In stock!!)

  • 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. (In stock!!)

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

  • Paavo Jarvi's cycle continues with an SACD release of the Bruckner Symphony No. 2. (In stock!!)

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

  • A Fontec CD release of the Bruckner 4th conducted by Max Pommer. (In stock!!)

  • A Memories Reverence CD with Paul Hindemith conducting Bruckner's 3rd and 7th Symphonies. (In stock!!)

  • 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


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

  • 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.

  • 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!).


  • Ivor Bolton's Bruckner cycle (1-9) with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra is released by Oehms Classics at a super bargain price!

  • Profil releases a live performance of the Symphony No. 4 with Christian Thielemann conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden from the Semperoper.


  • Sony releases Kurt Masur's Eurodisc recordings including Bruckner's symphonies 1-9 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.


  • CSO Resound releases Riccardo Muti's Chicago Symphony performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.

  • C Major Productions continues the Christian Thielemann / Staatskapelle Dresden video cycle with DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.

  • Deutsche Grammophon launches a new Bruckner cycle with Andris Nelsons conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.

  • CRQ Editions in the UK releases Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt's Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Bruckner's Symphony No 7.


  • 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.

  • DGG's 6 LP set celebrating the Vienna Philharmonic's 175th anniversary will contain a recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 2 conducted by Riccardo Muti. It will be an LP only release!

  • Gerd Schaller's own completion of the Bruckner Ninth is available. Limited stock from is still available at a very special discount.


  • The Download of the Month features a recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4 with Robert Spano conducting the Curtis Institute Orchestra.

  • 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 includes a performance by Herbert Blomstedt.


  • 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: September 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. Many of William Carragan's essays have been updated and are accessed directly from his new website.

  • New graphics are frequently added.


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