Newsletter: February 1, 2018

Newsletter: February 1, 2018
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As of February 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 - February 1, 2018

This is the LAST CALL for the special offers on the Rosbaud and Davies boxed sets. Each of those offers includes a special CD that I have included with the sets. As of Friday, February 7th, those offers will expire.

We are within a few people of having the required number needed for the 2018 Bruckner Tour of Austria to take place. This will be our third tour since 2012. If you have any intention of joining us, please let us know ASAP. Any hesitation could scrap the entire tour. The tour agency needs to have accurate numbers for the booking of rooms and accommodations in the Town of Saint Florian are limited - especially with the increasing popularity of the BrucknerTage Festival. Based on the experience of the 40+ people who have taken the past tours, you are certainly going to have a great time and will meet some very interesting people. You can sign up on the Contact Section of this website or by e-mailing me. Any direct questions about the tour can also be addressed to Daniela Steinocher in Vienna. Her e-mail is You can view the full itinerary here. UPDATE: It looks like Bruckner scholar, William Carragan will be joining the tour!

Anyone who has obtained a copy of the Hun-Joung Lim Bruckner Symphony Cycle from Decca Korea, please check the timing of track 2 (the Scherzo) of the Symphony No. 9 (CD 10). If the actual timing of the track is 10'34", then you have a CD with an editing error. If the timing is 10'27", then you are OK. I have copies of the corrected CD. If you need one, please contact me.

A reminder that conductor, Gerd Schaller has kindly offered readers of this website exclusive access to the DVD video of his performance of the Symphony No. 9 from last summer's Ebrach Music Festival. This performance (with the Philharmonie Festiva) features the Symphony with the Finale completion as prepared by the conductor. This DVD is presently being sold exclusively at the Orchestra's concerts in Ebrach, Germany, so unless you plan on visiting Ebrach this summer, this is the only other place where you can obtain a copy. These DVDs are formatted for PAL TVs in Europe, but any DVD will play on your computer using standard DVD software. In addition, I can make copies in NTSC format for US DVD players upon request. Stocks are limited, so order yours soon.

  • Bruckner concerts in the United States and Canada continue to be updated.

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

  • Bruckner performances at the Ebrach Summer Music Festival are announced.

  • The program of the 2018 BrucknerTage is announced.

  • Wilhelm Klitsch and "Der Musikant Gott"

  • Postcards getting it WRONG!

  • An odd coincidence shows up on Ebay

  • In going through my collection of postcards, I have decided to update the entry in the Bruckner Archive on the series of postcards sent back from St. Florian at the conclusion of World War II by Lt. Frank Egner. The Internet provides many opportunities to research into the circumstances that led to the mailing of this collection of cards back to the United States. All of the cards are now posted here.

  • Profil releases (presently in Europe and Japan) a new Bruckner symphony boxed set with Gerd Schaller conducting the Philharmonia Festiva (with TWO 4 movement Bruckner Ninths! The set is now available here at a special price.


  • 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 recording database (with over 9,080 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.


  • 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! DGG in Japan has released a Single layer SACD three disc set of Herbert von Karajan's Bruckner recordings of Symphonies 4 - 6. These will only play on SACD players. In stock soon!

  • Altus has released recordings of the Bruckner Symphonies 4, 8 and 9 as performed by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. In stock!!

  • 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.

  • 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! Gerd Schaller's 18 CD boxed set of Bruckner Symphonies is available at special price. (Very limited stock!)

  • NEW! 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.

  • 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!).


  • NEW! 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.


  • 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).

  • JSony 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.


  • NEW! 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.

  • Deutsche Gramophone in Japan will be releasing remastered SACDs of Karajan's BPO performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 7-9 plus the Te Deum.


  • The Download of the Month features a recording of the Symphony No. 9 with the Finale Completion prepared by William Carragan. The performance is by the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mladen Tarbuk.

  • 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: April 6, 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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