Newsletter: October 1, 2018

Newsletter: October 1, 2018
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Newsletter - October 1, 2018

September was an incredibly busy month. Fresh from the 11 day BRUCKNER TOUR OF AUSTRIA, it was time to plan for the three day BRUCKNERATHON AND SYMPOSIUM. Following that my wife and I grabbed some R&R on Cape Cod with our newly acquired Miniature Pinscher, "Jake" a rescue dog from Alabama who was quite successful in undermining any R&R that we had anticipated.

There has been little new release activity for Bruckner over the past few months. Deutsche Grammophon released a very nice boxed set of recordings featuring Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The set includes a Bruckner 8th, but the set has been dogged by technical flaws - there is a gap of a few seconds about fifteen minutes into the second movement. And while Gerd Schaller has announced an exciting Bruckner 2024 Project, the fruits of that project are in the future. The next upcoming Bruckner release will be the Symphony No. 9 with the piano duo, Dino Segui and Gerhard Hofer. They have finally reached the Symphony No. 9 in their complete piano four-hands cycle, but they have added exciting news in that they have found a piano four-hands score for the "Die Nullte" Symphony which they will be performing next September. The Symphony No. 9 will be out in a few weeks and available - exclusively - here.

There is one unique release coming up. The Madison Summer Choir in Wisconsin performed the Bruckner Mass No. 1 earlier this year. It was one of the first performances of the Mass No. 1 in the United States. The Choir is making up CDs but clearly on an "on demand" basis. If you are not one of my monthly CD subscribers (who will receive the CD automatically), then you will need to order a copy.

To receive one, send a check for $20 (which includes mailing - $30 overseas) made out to Madison Summer Choir. The CD will be sent to the address on the check. The check should be sent to:

Madison Summer Choir
c/o 1910 Waunona Way
Madison, WI 53713

Send your check by the the 15th of November to guarantee a copy.

My friend and colleague, Dr. Michael Cucka (Editor of the Bruckner Journal) and I continue to discuss ways in which we can gradually merge the operations of and the Bruckner Journal. We both agree that at some point in the future, the two operations will merge under the auspices of the Bruckner Society of America. For that to happen, there will need to be some operational and technical changes, but we can certainly make it easier for our mutual readers to switch back and forth, so there is now a link to the Bruckner Journal on my top (yellow) navigation bar.


  • Gerd Schaller's Bruckner 2024 Project.

  • A signed Bruckner photo is up for sale.

  • A Report on the Bruckner Tour of Austria (Photos added!)

  • Strengthening the Bruckner brand in Upper Austria.

  • Ken Ward reviews Gerd Schaller's latest performance of the Bruckner 9th with a revised Finale.

  • A Bruckner Cookie!

  • A Bruckner CD funding project.


  • There is a report on the 2018 Brucknerathon and Symposium under the Bruckner Society / News and Recent Events heading.

  • Annual membership in the Bruckner Society is $30.00 per year. Your donations will help fund further research, performances and publications. Receive one of the Society's exclusive CDs or publications with your contribution! Select them here.

  • Several board members of the Society are close to completing a very special Bruckner book. It will discuss each symphony (plus the Overture) in detail and will describe the differences in each version and edition of each symphony. Differences will be illustrated in musical notation and with recorded examples available from the Internet via Q-codes. A CD of the recorded examples will also be available. More details soon!

  • 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.


  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 9,400 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.


  • 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.


  • SPECIAL IMPORTS & EXCLUSIVES (some Limited stock)

  • NEW! has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with the Scottish Sinfonia (Neil Mantle, Music Director) where we will offer the orchestra's Bruckner symphony performances for sale on compact disc. At present, recordings of the Symphonies 4, 6, 7 and 8 are available. The CDs sell for $11.95. A complete set of MAHLER symphonies is also available. Anyone interested should contact me (

  • A China Philharmonic recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 with Eliahu Inbal is available.

  • 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!


    Thi month will see the release of the ninth installment of the Bruckner symphony cycle for piano four-hands as performed by Dino Segui and Gerhard Hofer. The Symphony No. 9 was performed at the Alte Dom in Linz on Bruckner's birthday (September 4th).


  • Gerd Schaller's recording of the Overture in G Minor and his orchestration of the String Quintet in being released in late August by Profil.

  • The Ferdinand Leitner's SWR Symphony Orchestra recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 9 is re-released on the SWR Classic label


  • Maurice Clement performs his own organ transcription of the Adagio to Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 on a new Aeolus hybrid SACD.

  • Hi Definition Tape Transfers releases a re-mastering of Haitink''s Bruckner 7th with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

  • Genuin Recordings releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with Hartmut Haenchen directing the Royal Danish Orchestra.

  • Orfeo gives us the first official release of a Bruckner Seventh with Hans Knappertsbusch.

  • Intense Media in Europe just released a bargain box with several of Eugen Jochum's early Bruckner recordings.

    JAPANESE RELEASES (Many in stock at

  • Exton has released a Bruckner 9th with Jonathan Nott conducting the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. The set includes the Mahler 10th as well.

  • Weitblick Recordings released a Bruckner 3rd with Kurt Sanderling conducting the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

  • 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. One in Stock!

  • Altus releases stereo recordings of Lovro von Matacic leading the French National Orchestra in performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 3 and 9. Symphony No. 3 currently in stock!

  • DGG in Japan releases some of the Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic Bruckner recordings as re-mastered single layer SACDs. Symphonies 7-9 & Te Deum 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! The Madison Summer Choir will be releasing a CD of their recent performance of the Bruckner Mass No. 1.

  • 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. The release was scheduled for June, but a production error has delayed release until this autumn.

  • 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.


  • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. The October Download of the Month is a MIDI recording of Bruckner's String Quintet in an orchestration by Joan Schukking.

  • 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: October 5, 2018.

  • Check out the "Samples" and "Collectibles" sections 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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