Newsletter: May 15, 2018

Newsletter: May 15, 2018
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As of May 15th 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 - May 15, 2018

Anyone who is interested in recorded music has come to the realization years ago that the means by which recorded music is distributed has changed drastically. 78s, LPs, cassettes and CDs all had their moment in the sun, but the latest generation of music listeners seem to be completely content on simply streaming music off of the Internet. Some note that vinyl LPs are making a comeback and they are the only physical recorded medium that is showing an increase in sales, but the share of the market is infinitesimal.

Oddly enough, classical music which has often led technological innovations in recording technology is now the one that is holding on so vehemently to the CD and CD plants all over the world are maintaining production capacity by producing an incredible array of box sets of every possible artistic combination and often at bargain prices.

But the active classical collector should seriously look at the download and streaming market because there are recordings of interest that are showing up on YouTube and other digital sites that are not available in any other format.

Some of these changes are a challenge for a discographer since the way a recording becomes available via streaming can change almost daily. I tend to avoid listing digital downloads if the recording ever existed in some physical format but I do list recordings that I find that are only available as downloads. The important task is to ensure that available recordings, in whatever format, are listed here.

In addition to some special savings located throughout my web store, I have added a section of "BARGAINS" that offer some exceptional discounts on soon-to-be deleted items. Stock is very limited and they go fast, so check it out here,

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I have made the decision that the 2018 Bruckner Tour of Austria will be the last one that I will be offering. The tour this August will be the third that I have sponsored and it will have been a good run. However, there are other places to go and other concert venues to visit and while I will probably attempt to make my annual pilgrimage to the BrucknerTage Festival, I have decided not to deal with the logistics, expense and the time commitment that an eleven day tour entails.

If you have been planning on taking one of these tours in the future, I suggest that you seriously re-consider joining this last tour. The past two have been wonderful experiences for all, and this will be your last chance.

Great music, interesting sites, informative commentary, new friends, great food and beautiful scenery. If you love Bruckner’s music and his fascinating life, then don’t pass up the 2018 Bruckner Tour of Austria.

As stated before, I will personally accompany the tour and I will be on hand to answer any questions and introduce you to many of the Bruckner experts and musicians that we will meet along the way. Also, noted Bruckner scholar, William Carragan will be on the tour and he will certainly be adding his comments to those of our expert tour guide.

  • Some new Jazz arrangements of Bruckner's music have been released (digital only).

  • A horn arrangement of Bruckner's Scherzo to the Symphony No. 7 has been released (digital only.)

  • Upcoming Bruckner concerts are now listed via links to Tatsuro Ouchi's excellent worldwide concert listings website.

  • The Bruckner Archive acquires a rare wartime 78 rpm set of the Overture and Four Orchestral Pieces. Look for it in the Download of the Month!


  • 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.

  • 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. PLEASE JOIN US! More information.

  • 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 recording database (with over 9,260 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.


  • 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.



  • 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 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!


  • NEW! The Munich Philharmonic continues their Bruckner cycle with Valery Gergiev with CD releases of Symphonies 1 and 3.

  • NEW! LSO Live releases a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack with Simon Rattle conducting the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra. Music by Messiaen is also included.

  • DGG Released the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 - the third release in the Andris Nelsons / Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig Bruckner cycle.

  • BR Klassik releases a CD of the Symphony No. 8 with Mariss Jansons conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.


  • Sony Classics releases a boxed set to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich. The set contains THREE Bruckner performances! (Volkmar Andreae, Bernard Haitink, and Herbert Blomstedt).

  • SWR Classics continues their series of historic issues with the Hindemith performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 7.

  • St. Laurent Studios offers a Boston Symphony Orchestra recording of the Bruckner Fourth conducted by Klaus Tennstedt.


  • Gerd Schaller continues his Bruckner series with a performance of the "First Published Edition" of the Symphony No. 3

    JAPANESE RELEASES (Many in stock at

  • Mariss Jansons' new recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is being offered in Japan as a hybrid SACD. It is being offered only as a CD elsewhere.

  • BMG's slow-moving Bruckner cycle with Paavo Jarvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra closes in on completion with the Hybrid SACD release of the Symphony No. 1.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • Genuin CDs in Germany is releasing a Bruckner 8th with Hartmut Haenchen conducting the Royal Danish Orchestra

  • Membran International will be releasing a bargain box with several of Eugen Jochum's early Bruckner recordings

  • DGG will be releasing a 6 CD set of performances by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. The set includes a performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8.

  • 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 the 1942 Polydor recording of the Overture in G Minor as conducted by Ludwig K.Mayer.

  • 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: July 1, 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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