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Newsletter: February 15, 2017
Welcome to the Newsletter from Abruckner.com!
As of February 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 - February 15, 2017
When you visit abruckner.com, it may be quickly apparent that there are three separate activities represented. There is the abruckner.com website itself which incorporates the Bruckner Symphony Version Discography plus the articles, downloads, a webstore, etc. Then there is the Bruckner Archive which is the actual collection of recordings and other ephemera and memorabilia held by me. Finally, there are the pages devoted to the Bruckner Society of America of which I am Executive Secretary.
Abruckner.com and the Bruckner Archive are essentially part of one organization, but the Bruckner Society is a separate organization and has been established as a non-profit private foundation.
There has been talk of having separate websites for abruckner.com and the Bruckner Society and while that makes logistical sense, practically speaking it is clear that it would greatly increase my work hours to manage an additional site, it would cost more and it would split up the potential audience that we have garnered together.
Furthermore, if things continue as they have, it is quite possible that The Society will someday take over the entire abruckner.com website thus making any effort to split them a huge waste of scant resources.
So for the time being the site will continue as it is. But it is important for you to know that sales of CDs, books, scores and collectibles from my webstore benefit abruckner.com and not the Bruckner Society. But it does support the cost of maintaining the entire website. Conversely, donations to the Bruckner Society benefit the Society and its projects, but not abruckner.com. The money is divided into two separate accounts in two separate banks in two separate states.
I suspect that I might have confused you more, but it is important to occasionally clarify this complicated arrangement.
The site is password protected. Current members receive the username and password. There will be specific content that will be available only to members of the Society. They will include the ability to download all past publications of the Society including all issues of "Chord and Discord" going back to the Society's founding in 1931!
In the future, the member area will also include some fascinating translations of German essays written during the 1930s. They provide remarkable insight into the debate concerning the "original versions" that were being published at that time. The translations will include the original German as well.
There will also be an essay 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.
The Bruckner Archive (with over 8,400 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 seem in the "Recordings in Queue" section of the archive. These recordings are in the process of being added to the database.
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.
Christian Mandeal's Bruckner Symphony cycle (1-9) with the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic (Romania) in a digitally remastered boxed set. Now out-of-print - only two in stock!!
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
NEW SPECIAL IMPORTS & EXCLUSIVES (Limited stock)
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!)
Rupert Frieberger's critically acclaimed performance of the Study Symphony in F Minor (on the Fabian Label) (low stock!).
JANUARY 27th RELEASES
High Definition Tape Transfers released their transfer of the Hans Knappertsbush / Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Bruckner Symphony No. 8 (the Westminster recording).
Ivor Bolton completes his excellent Bruckner cycle (1-9) with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg with an Oehms Classics CD release of the 1892 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.
The Download of the Month features an interesting recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4 with Franz-Paul Decker conducting the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. The actual performers of November's download offering are still a mystery.
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 Daniel Barenboim's performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 1-3 from his recent Paris performances (Medici-TV) and Bramwell Tovey conducting the Helsingborg Symphony in the Symphony No. 6.
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.
Abruckner.com has entered into an agreement with the publisher of the MWV's Bruckner scores and publications. Order scores and critical reports from Abruckner.com. Click here for details.Next order deadline: March 31, 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.
Essays in English are entered as they are discovered or accepted.
New graphics are frequently added.
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SITEAll the information provided on this site is available to you free-of-charge. But it is not free for me to get it to you. Recordings must be purchased as does the server space upon which this website is stored. We have provided two easy ways for you to support this venture. First is to purchase recordings in my web store and second is to make your regular purchases (of anything!) through my homepage web links to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, ArkivMusic.com and JPC.de. Purchases will support the ongoing expenses of operating this website.
Also, I strongly recommend a subscription to The Bruckner Journal. Dr. Michael Cucka is the new editor of the Journal which encompasses essays, reviews and other features that are not covered here. The Bruckner Journal is issued three times per year. Please sign up!
Enjoy the website!
John F. Berky
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