Newsletter: January 1, 2018

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

First of all, welcome to 2018! I wish you all a wonderful year filled with great music and I hope that I will be able to share some of it with you. I have three things to bring to your attention before you delve into my newsletter:

1) In what amounts to an historic agreement, I have entered into a licensing agreement with the MusicaNova Orchestra in Phoenix, Arizona to offer for sale their recent recordings of two Bruckner symphonies. This type of agreement doesn't happen very often, but it should serve as a good model. Orchestras throughout the world hold large archives of recordings that many music enthusiasts would love to hear and would be willing to pay for the experience. Some of the larger orchestras have started their own labels and distribution systems, but so many of the smaller orchestras have some fascinating material that would enrich us all if it could only be shared. In this case, we indeed have two interesting items: Bruckner's symphony No. 3 in the intermediate variant of 1874 and the Symphony No. 5 in the edition prepared by Franz Schalk. I urge you to sample these recordings not only to hear fascinating performances, but to support an enterprise that should be replicated. The recordings are available on CD or I can offer them as downloads. A significant portion of all sales support the activities of the MusicaNova Orchestra. If you are interested in a download, please contact me.

2) Some of you who regularly read this website may be aware of my colleague, Gilles Houle. He is a gifted computer artist (he designed my website banner) but is also an indefatigable web researcher. Fortunately for us, he loves Bruckner! Some of his earlier projects can be seen in the Articles and Essays section of my website, but this month I am uploading his "magnum opus" to date. It is entitled, Bruckner: Food, Beer, Inns, Doctors, and a bit more... and it is packed full of information and images taken off of the web. I'm sure you will enjoy it!

3) Austria is a beautiful country to visit and the whole experience of touring that country is heightened when it is coupled with a tour that focuses on the life and music of one of your favorite composers. The trip is further enhanced by sharing the experience with people from around the world who share your interests. So I urge you to sign up for more information on the planned 2018 Bruckner Tour of Austria. So many of the people who have taken one of the past two trips continue to tell me how enjoyable it was. The tour is arranged so that anyone from anywhere can join in, so please let me know if you are interested. Just go to "Latest News" and add your name to the growing list. 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. Occupancy is limited and is based on when you sign up, so don't delay!

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. One caveat. These DVDs are formatted for PAL TVs in Europe, but any DVD will play on your computer using standard DVD software. Stocks are limited, so order yours soon.

On a final note, if you are interested in obtaining any items (scores, books) from the MWV, I will be placing my quarterly order on Friday of this coming week (January 5th) so place your orders before then.

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

  • I have prepared a slide show on the work of Austrian sculptor, Ingo Seefeld who has done some work restoring the original Victor Tilgner Bruckner plaster model and has recently completed the busts of Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf and Franz Liszt that are now displayed at the Musikverein in Vienna.

  • Profil announces a new Bruckner symphony boxed set with Gerd Schaller conducting the Philharmonia Festiva (with TWO 4 movement Bruckner Ninths!

  • The MWV in Vienna has announced the publication of the new Bruckner Yearbook. The volume is in German. They are available for ordering now for $49.95 postpaid (for the USA)


  • 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 8,900 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. They are currently in stock!

  • 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 AND ON SALE!!)

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

  • 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!!)

    Other Japanese CDs are available here via special order


  • NEW! Hun-Joung Lim's award winning cycle (Symphonies 1-9) on Korean Decca is back in stock!

  • 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! 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).

  • 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.


  • NEW! Andris Nelsons' Bruckner 4th with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is to be released by DGG in February.

  • 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 4-6.

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


  • The Download of the Month features a recording of the Symphony No. 7 with Raoul Grueneis conducting the Akademisches Orchestra of Freiburg.

  • 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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