Newsletter: December 1, 2017

Newsletter: December 1, 2017
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As of December 1st 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 - December 1, 2017

The list is growing for people signing up for the 3rd Bruckner Tour of Austria! taking place from August 11-21, 2018. All the information concerning tour dates and itinerary is available in the Latest News section of my website. We have already sponsored two very successful tours (in 2012 and 2015).

I have now provided links to reports and photos from the last two tours so that you can get a better idea of our planned sites and activities.

In addition to visiting many of Austria's Bruckner-related sites, you will get to visit the cities of Vienna and Linz and enjoy concerts in the rarefied atmosphere of St Florian where Bruckner gathered so much of his inspiration. An added bonus will be the tours of Austria's incredibly beautiful countryside and all of this while in the company of people who share the same interests.

We will also have access to sites and artifacts that are not accessible to an individual tourist.

Occupancy is limited and is based on when you sign up, so don't delay!

  • Bruckner concerts in the United States and Canada have been updated..

  • Profil announces a new Bruckner symphony boxed set with Gerd Schaller conducting the Philharmonia Festiva.

  • The U.K.'s "Private Eye" Magazine takes a swipe at Bruckner.

  • The MWV in Vienna announce the publication of the new Bruckner Yearbook. The volume is in German. I will announce ordering details in the next newsletter.


  • Society announces its selections for "Recordings of the Year."

  • The writings of Frank Plash (1915-2006), a former BSA member and the recipient of the International Bruckner Medal have been donated to the Society. These include an audio lecture on Bruckner that he gave in 1984. They are available in the Bruckner Society History Section and in the Articles and Essays Section.

  • 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 8,850 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.


  • 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

  • NEW! Altus releases stereo recordings of Lovro von Matacic leading the French National Orchestra in performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 3 and 9. (released in late December)

  • Denon releases the 2008 performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

  • Jonathan Nott leads the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony # 5 on a new Exton SACD.

  • Altus releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with Lovro von Matacic conducting the RAI Orchestra of Milan. (In stock!!)

  • 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!!)

  • Heinz Roegner's excellent LIVE performances of Symphonies 4-9 on the Wietblick label In stock!!

    Other Japanese CDs are available here via special order


  • 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!).


  • NEW! Arte TV in Korea releases a DVD video of rising star Shi-yeon Sung conducting the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra in the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 (contact me for details).

  • NEW! The Shanghai Philharmonic offers an audio stream of a Bruckner 6th conducted by Claus Peter Flor. (available here as a CDR)

  • Just in time for the Holidays, Sony releases the Dennis Russell Davies / Bruckner Orchestra of Linz cycle (0-9) in a discount boxed set. As an EXCLUSIVE, I will be offering a bonus disc of the Symphony No. 1 conducted by Davies.


  • ICA Classics releases a 4 CD set containing Otto Klemperer's 1955 / BBC Symphony Orchestra performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7.

  • BR Klassik offers a Bruckner Symphony No. 6 with Bernard Haitink conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.


  • SWR Classics releases the Hans Rosbaud Bruckner Symphonies 2-9 with the SWF Symphony Orchestra direct fom the master tapes.

  • Peter Stangel and the "Pocket Philharmonie" release an orchestration of Bruckner's String Quintet.


  • 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.

  • NEW! Deutsche Gramophone in Japan will be releasing remastered SACDs of Karajan's BPO performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 4-6.

  • NEW! Tower Records is releasing remastered SACDs of Jochum's Dresden Bruckner cycle.


  • The Download of the Month features a recording of the Symphony No. 1 with Ernest Bour conducting the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra - a companion recording for those who purchased the Rosbaud (2-9) cycle.

  • 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.


  • 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, and Symphony No. 9 (with his Finale completion) are available from at a very special discount.

  • 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: January 2, 2018 ****

  • 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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John F. Berky

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