Newsletter: July 1, 2017

Newsletter: July 1, 2017
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As of June 30th 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 - July 1, 2017

It's time to start planning your trip to the Bruckner Society's Annual "Bruckerathon" Symposium that will be taking place in Windsor and Simsbury, Connecticut over the weekend of Friday, September 8th through Sunday, September 10th. Information about the event can be found under Latest News and under Bruckner Society News. Information will be updated as the event approaches. We certainly hope that you will join us for this annual gathering of Bruckner scholars and enthusiasts.

Last month, I spent some time explaining how some technological changes have affected the way people purchase and listen to music and how that might impact the way this discography may need to adjust to those changes. I explained how downloads and the streaming of music might soon include performances for purchase that might never appear on a physical disc or tape.

Well, it took less than a month to send me into reverse! Two weeks ago, I was informed that Deutsche Grammophon would be releasing a set of recordings this summer to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The six disc set would include a previously unreleased performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 2 conducted by Riccardo Muti (dating from August, 2016). But the shocker was that the set was being released on LP ONLY!!

This raises an interesting point. While most listening is moving to downloads and streaming, the only physical recording medium that is showing an increase in sales is the long playing record. It is, admittedly, a tiny fraction of total sales, but it is the only physical medium which is showing an increase.

So, for the time being, if you want the Muti Bruckner Second from Vienna, then it is time to dust off your turntable!!

  • The "Ant-On Bruckner" Graphic.

  • The Guerzenich Orchestra is planning a Bruckner 8th webcast on BachTrack.

  • The Austin (Texas) Symphony will be performing a rarely-heard Bruckner Composition.

  • Michael Miller's review of the Barenboim Carnegie Hall Cycle.

  • The Bruckner Archive acquires a Ferdinand Michl Bruckner print.

  • A Bruckner catafalque.

  • The premiere of the new edition of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to be performed at Yale.

  • Brucknerathon / Bruckner Society Annual Meeting scheduled for September 8-10.

  • A rarely-heard version of the Bruckner Symphony No. 3 will be presented at Ebrach this summer.

  • The BrucknerTage St. Florian announces their 2017 program.


  • Society members to prepare a "Field Guide" to the various Bruckner Editions and Versions.

  • The 2017 Brucknerathon (September 8-10) If you plan to attend, sign up NOW!

  • The Society's Form 990-PF for the year 2016 has been posted under legal notices.

  • 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 8,600 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 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.



  • Weitblick releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 4 with the late Georges Pretre conducting the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. (In stock!!)

  • Altus releases re-mastered recordings of Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting Bruckner's Symphonies 4 and 7.

  • 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. (In stock!!)

  • Jonathan Nott's recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra on an Exton hybrid SACD.

  • 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!!)

  • A Fontec CD release of the Bruckner 4th conducted by Max Pommer. (In stock!!)

  • A Memories Reverence CD of a 1961 performance by conductor, Paul Schmitz leading the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 0. (In stock!!)

  • 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


  • 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. (Available below cost!)

  • 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. (one left!)

  • The late Rupert Frieberger's critically acclaimed performance of the Study Symphony in F Minor (on the Fabian Label) (low stock!).


  • Sony releases Kurt Masur's complete Eurodisc recordings including Bruckner's symphonies 1-9 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.


  • CSO Resound releases Riccardo Muti's Chicago Symphony performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.

  • C Major Productions continues the Christian Thielemann / Staatskapelle Dresden video cycle with DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.

  • Deutsche Grammophon launches a new Bruckner cycle with Andris Nelsons conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.

  • CRQ Editions in the UK releases Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt's Chicago Symphony performance of Bruckner's Symphony No 7.


  • Released by Pentatone, Gustavo Gimeno makes his Bruckner recording debut with the Symphony No. 1 and the Four Orchestral Pieces.


  • Gerd Schaller's own completion of the Bruckner Ninth is available Limited stock from is still available at a special discount.


  • The Download of the Month features recordings prepared by Joan Schukking in the Netherlands of Early Drafts of the Adagio and Scherzo to Bruckner's Symphony No. 1.

  • 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 performances by Herbert Blomstedt and Juanjo Mena.


  • 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.

  • 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: September 30, 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.


  • 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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