Newsletter: March 1, 2017

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Newsletter - March 1, 2017

There has been a brief lull in the release of new recordings. The last to arrive was the new Barenboim / Staatskapelle Berlin boxed set that was released to coincide with the Carnegie Hall Bruckner cycle. A few new releases will be showing up in the spring, so until then, you may wish to catch up on some more recent releases from my webstore.

The sad new this last month was the death of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, one of the great Bruckner interpreters who was actively conducting until the age of 93. Fortunately, he has left a great recorded legacy with commercial releases from Europe and Japan and dozens of broadcast concerts from around the world.

This will be final reminder that the Bruckner Journal Conference is taking place from March 31st to April 1st in Oxford, England. If you can make it, be sure to sign up at the Bruckner Journal website (


  • Conductor, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies at 93.

  • The Toscanini Acetate Discs.

  • The original base for the Bruckner Bust in Vienna.

  • The Other Bruckner Symphony "0"

  • The Bruckner Society Scrapbooks (BSA Members only)

  • Guiseppe Mazzuca (1939-2017)

  • The BrucknerTage St. Florian announces their 2017 program.

  • Copies of the Viktor Tilgner Bruckner bust for sale.

  • The Bruckner Journal Readers Conference - March 31-April 1


  • The Society releases its "Bruckner-Streit" translation project essays to its members.

  • Discographer, Hans Roelofs is awarded the Bruckner Society Medal of Honor.

  • Daniel Barenboim receives the Bruckner Society's medal of honor at a Carnegie Hall reception.

  • The Bruckner Society's scrapbooks from the 1940s - 1960s are examined. Images added to the Society's member area.

  • The Bruckner Society is initiating a Society Member's Area on this website. It can be accessed at:

    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!

    An essay will soon be available to members 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.

  • 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 8,450 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.


  • 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 (In stock!!)

  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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!).


  • 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.


  1. Gerd Schaller's own completion of the Bruckner Ninth is due out early next year. Limited stock available from NOW!!

  2. Remy Ballot's Bruckner Sixth from the 2016 BrucknerTage is scheduled for release this spring.

  3. Riccardo Muti's Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of the Bruckner Symphony No 9 will be issued this spring on the orchestra's CSO Resound label.


  • The Download of the Month features an interesting recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with Bernhard Gueller conducting the Junge Sueddeutsche Philharmonie of Esslingen. 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 performances by Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti.


  • 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: 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.


  • Recording review submissions are accepted.

  • Essays in English are entered as they are discovered or accepted. Essays by David Johnson and Nors Josephson have been added.

  • New graphics are frequently added.


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