Newsletter: January 1, 2019

Newsletter: January 1, 2019
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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, 2019

Welcome to 2019! For me, and I suspect for most of you, things are beginning to wind down from the often hectic holiday season. Fortunately, over the past two weeks not much regarding Bruckner has happened with the exception that I received numerous holiday greetings from friends and colleagues around the world. There was, of course, the critically important announcement of The Official Bruckner Bobblehead Doll and a few new releases, but that is the extent of the news.

Over the next few weeks, please take a look in the "Collectibles" section of my webstore. Some sizable Bruckner collections are coming back to me and I am posting items there more frequently.


  • Remembering the Barenboim Bruckner Cycle in New York.

  • The Bruckner 200 Project starts in Ansfelden.

  • Bruckner in "Ripley's Believe it or Not!"

  • The story behind a famous Bruckner caricature


  • Bruckner Society announces its 2018 Recordings of the Year.

  • The Bruckner Society acquires at auction the marked-up director's score of the Symphony No 6 that was owned by conductor Robert Heger. - Scans of the score will be made available in the Member Area of the Society

  • There is a report on the 2018 Brucknerathon and Symposium under the Bruckner Society / News and Recent Events heading.

  • Annual membership in the Bruckner Society is $30.00 per year. Your donations will help fund further research, performances and publications. Receive one of the Society's exclusive CDs or publications with your contribution! Select them here.

  • William Carragan, Vice President of the Society is close to completing a very special Bruckner book. It will discuss each symphony (plus the Overture) in detail and will describe the differences in each version and edition of each symphony. Differences will be illustrated in musical notation and with recorded examples available from the Internet via Q-codes. More details soon!

  • The Bruckner Society has filed its annual report with the Internal Revenue Service. It is available for public viewing in the "Legal Notices" section of our website.


  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 9,500 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.


  • 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.


  • SPECIAL IMPORTS & EXCLUSIVES (some Limited stock)

  • has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with the Scottish Sinfonia (Neil Mantle, Music Director). We will offer the orchestra's Bruckner symphony performances for sale on compact disc. At present, recordings of the Symphonies 4, 6, 7 and 8 are available. The CDs sell for $11.95. A complete set of MAHLER symphonies is also available. Anyone interested should contact me (

  • A China Philharmonic recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 with Eliahu Inbal is available.

  • A Shanghai Philharmonic recording of the Symphony No. 7 with Joerg Iwer conducting is available.

  • The Linz Bruckner Orchestra's special boxed set "The Essential Recordings" 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.

  • A DVD of Gerd Schaller's performance of the Symphony No. 9 with his own completion of the Finale is available here exclusively.

  • 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 Symphonies Nos. 1-9 as performed by dual pianists, Dino Sequi and Gerhard Hofer is now available for sale exclusively from my web store. Symphonies 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!


  • MD&G releases a Bruckner 3rd with Thomas Zehetmair conducting the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

  • Tacet Recordings releases a CD and a surround sound SACD of the Bruckner Symphony No. 9 with Andras Keller leading the Concerto Budapest.


  • Studio St. Laurent releases a Klaus Tennstedt Bruckner 8th.


  • Profil releases a boxed set of Knappertsbush performances of Brahms and Bruckner Symphonies.

  • Karsten Starck leads the Mainz Choir and Orchestra in the Mass No. 3 - on the Rondeau label.


  • The ninth installment of the Bruckner symphony cycle for piano four-hands as performed by Dino Segui and Gerhard Hofer. The Symphony No. 9 was performed at the Alte Dom in Linz on Bruckner's birthday (September 4th).

    JAPANESE RELEASES (Many in stock at

  • Fontec issues a Bruckner 8th with Tadaaki Otaka conductiong the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra..

  • Altus releases a Bruckner 9th with Kenshiro Sakairi conducting the Tokyo Juventus Philharmonic.

  • Tower Records in Japan releases its second limited edition SACD box set of performances by Takashi Asahina. This set (originally recorded by JVC) focuses on the performances given in Tokyo's St. Mary's Cathedral. It also includes a recording of the Bruckner Mass No. 3.

  • Altus releases stereo recordings of Lovro von Matacic leading the French National Orchestra in performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 3 and 9. Symphony No. 3 currently in stock!

  • 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! The Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will be releasing a Bruckner 4th with Zubin Mehta conducting.

  • NEW! The Zurich Philharmonic will be releasing its second Bruckner recording under the leadership of Fabio Luisi. This release is the Symphony No. 4.

  • Gramola is releasing the next installment in the BrucknerTage Symphony cycle - The Symphony No. 7 with Remy Ballot conducting the Altomonte Orchestra St. Florian.

  • The Madison Summer Choir will be releasing a CD of their recent performance of the Bruckner Mass No. 1.

  • 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.


  • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. The December Download of the Month continues the ongoing series of recordings by the Akademisches Orchestra Freiburg. This month's recording is of the Symphony No. 9.

  • 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.

  • Many of Gerd Schaller's recordings of Bruckner's Symphonies 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: December 31, 2018.

  • Check out the "Samples" and "Collectibles" sections 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. 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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I strongly recommend a subscription to The Bruckner Journal. Dr. Michael Cucka is the 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. The Journal is now available as a digital subscription for as little as $10.00 per year. Don't pass this up!

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John F. Berky