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Newsletter: March 1, 2018
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As of March 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 - March 1, 2018
Ever since record companies have been producing boxed sets, there has been a nasty trick that the marketers of these sets often apply. Using Bruckner as an example, let’s say company A starts releasing recordings in what is announced as a complete cycle. Over the course of a few years, the symphonies are released and loyal followers purchase the individual recordings as they become available. Then, when the cycle is fully recorded, the company releases a boxed set and informs the public that the last one or two recordings will not be released individually or, at best, will be released much later. As much as one can understand the rationale of the record company executives, what is often lost to them is that the people who have been loyally supporting the project through the purchase of the individual releases over the years are now punished and face a dilemma – go out and buy the boxed set and re-buy several recordings, or hold out and become the last buyers to ever hear the complete cycle if and when the last installments are finally released individually.
This has happened many times over the years. One example was Coviello Classics that released the Marcus Bosch cycle. At first, they had no plans to release the Symphonies in f minor and d minor outside the boxed set, but after some letter-writing pressure, they released a special “limited edition” CD of the first two symphonies. More recently, ATMA Classics has announced the boxed set of Yannick Nezet Seguin’s Bruckner cycle with the previously unreleased Symphonies 1 & 5 being offered only as digital releases. The saving grace here is that the boxed set is being offered at a price that is about as much as it would have cost the buyer to purchase those last two symphonies individually.
But there is another twist to this tale. In some cases (the Oehms Simone Young cycle and the Nezet Seguin cycle are good examples), the boxed set is being released as CDs where some of the individual recordings were released as hybrid SACDs. So before you dispose of those individual releases, you may what to swap them out with the recordings in the boxed set.
The 2018 Bruckner Tour of Austria is now CONFIRMED! It will take place from August 11th to the 21st of this year. If you would like to see these iconic musical sites, then I urge you to sign up. This may well be one of your last chances to see these incredible locations with a group of people who share your interest and you will be welcomed into places that are not otherwise open to the public. You can sign up in 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 email@example.com. You can view the full itinerary here. For your own enjoyment and education, I urge you to join in the adventure.
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.
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.
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.
JAPANESE RELEASES (Many in stock at abruckner.com)
NEW! DGG in Japan has released two re-mastered single layer SACD three disc sets of Herbert von Karajan's Bruckner recordings. Set 1 contains Symphonies 4 - 6 and Set 2 contains Symphonies 7 - 9 plus the Te Deum and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. These will only play on SACD players. Low Stock
Altus has released recordings of the Bruckner Symphonies 4, 8 and 9 as performed by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Available for special order
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. 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 SPECIAL IMPORTS & EXCLUSIVES (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! High Definition Tape Transfers releases a re-mastering of Haitink's classic Concertgebouw recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.
NEW! Gramola releases a Hybrid Surround Sound Bruckner Fifth from the Brucknertage Festival.
NEW! C Major releases the Symphony No. 1 - the latest installment in the near complete Thielemann video Bruckner cycle (DVD and Blu-Ray).
NEW! A new recording of Bruckner's Missa Solemnis is released which incorporates Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs' new edition.
NEW! Yannick Nezet-Seguin's Bruckner cycle (1-9) is released on ATMA Classics.
NEW! The Symphony No. 9 with Nors Josephson's Finale is re-released on a Danacord CD.
NEW! Gerd Schaller's (00-9) cycle is officially released.
NEW! Profil releases a new boxed set of Bruckner's works.
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).
Sony releases the Dennis Russell Davies / Bruckner Orchestra of Linz cycle (0-9) in a discount boxed set.
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.
The Download of the Month features a video and audio recording of the Four Orchestral Pieces performed by Peter Aigner and the Orchester Forum Kremstal.
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 abruckner.com at a very special discount.
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: 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.
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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