Newsletter: October 1, 2017

Newsletter: October 1, 2017
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As of September 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 - October 1, 2017

After closing the books on the 2017 Brucknerathon, things are returning to normal. On an average about one new Bruckner symphony recording (audio or video) is added to the archive every day. In addition, I am trying to set up a page in the Editor's Section which will alert people in the United States of upcoming Bruckner concerts.

The new section on Bruckner in the Third Reich is nearing completion and I think it is now providing a necessary avenue for Bruckner enthusiasts to see some graphic examples of how Bruckner's music was appropriated by the National Socialists in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. In a perverse way, it should show our political leaders how important a role culture can play in the shaping of people's minds and attitudes. Today in the United States, culture has been handed off entirely to commercial interests and little attention (or funding) is directed towards this important aspect of the human experience.

I spent more time than I perhaps should on the search and re-claiming of a Bruckner Society of America plaque that showed up (and then disappeared) at a tag sale in rural Texas. You can read the full (and bizarre) story under Latest News.

Late Sunday night, I will be placing an order for Bruckner scores from the MWV in Vienna. Information on ordering is in the Web Store (links below). Let me know by Sunday if you want to order any scores. Next order will be placed in January.

The super-bargain Ivor Bolton Symphony set is IN STOCK and ready to ship!

Be sure to check the Bruckner Society of America Section to see the winners of our Recordings of the Year.

  • Bruckner concerts in the United States.

  • The successful hunt for a missing plaque.

  • Live webcast of the Guerzenich Orchestra on Bachtrack

  • A report on the 2017 Brucknerathon.

  • The writings of Frank J. Plash.

  • Sebastian Letocart's thesis on his completion of the Bruckner 9th Finale completion is posted.

  • A brief report on the 2017 BrucknerTage Festival.

  • The Bruckner Archive acquires another old Bruckner print.

  • A beautifully illustrated program booklet in which Gerd Schaller discusses the Symphony No. 9 has been added to the Articles in English Section.


  • Society announces its selections for "Recordings of the Year."

  • Bruckner Society Board of Directors meet for Annual Meeting.

  • Charles E. "Chuck" Benson joins the Board of Directors.

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

  • Otto Klemperer's Bruckner Society Medal of Honor is located and returned to the Society.

  • 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 8,750 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.


    JAPANESE RELEASES (Many in stock at

  • Memories Reverence releases a 4 CD set of Karajan Bruckner performances incuding the first release of his 1966 Holland Festival BPO Bruckner 8th. (In stock!!)

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

  • Altus releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with Lovro von Matacic conducting the RAI Orchestra of Milan. (In stock!!)

  • 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 Memories Reverence CD with Paul Hindemith conducting Bruckner's 3rd and 7th Symphonies. (In stock!!)

  • Heinz Roegner's excellent LIVE performances of Symphonies 4-9 on the Wietblick label In stock!!

    Other Japanese CDs are available here via special order


  • Recordings of the Bruckner 4th and 7th Symphonies as conducted by Antal Dorati!

  • The piano four-hands performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 as performed by dual pianists, Dino Sequi and Gerhard Hofer will soon be available for sale exclusively from my web store. Symphonies 1-7 in this series are now available.

  • 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!

  • 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!).


  • SWR Classics releases the Hans Rosbaud Bruckner Symphonies 2-9 with the SWF Symphony Orchestra direct fom the master tapes.

  • Peter Stangel and the "Pocket Philharmonie" release an orchestration of Bruckner's String Quintet.


  • US distribution of some Japanese CDs begins with the Altus recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 6 with Lothar Zagrosek conducting the Berlin Konzerhaus Orchestra.


  • Ivor Bolton's Bruckner cycle (1-9) with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra is released by Oehms Classics at a super bargain price!

  • Profil releases a live performance of the Symphony No. 4 with Christian Thielemann conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden from the Semperoper. (Different performance from the recent C Major DVD/Blu-Ray disc.)


  • Dino Segui and Gerhard Hofer's series of Bruckner Symphonies on Piano four-hands continues with the release of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8.

  • The Dennis Russell Davies cycle (00-9) will be released as a Sony boxed set.

  • 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.

  • DGG's 6 LP set celebrating the Vienna Philharmonic's 175th anniversary will contain a recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 2 conducted by Riccardo Muti. It will initially be an LP release with the CD coming later.!


  • The Download of the Month features a recording of the Symphony No. 6 with Sebastian Tewinkel conducting the Akademisches Orchester Freiburg.

  • 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 includes a performance by Herbert Blomstedt and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla.


  • 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) as well as his recording of the Mass No. 3 and Psalm 146 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: January 2, 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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