Newsletter: September 1, 2017

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

It is just 8 days until the 9th Annual "Brucknerathon Symposium sponsored by and the Bruckner Society of America. If you are in the area, feel free to join us. Just be sure to register so that we know of your plans. Information about the event can be found under Latest News and under Bruckner Society News. Information will be updated as the event approaches. We certainly hope that you will join us for this annual gathering of Bruckner scholars and enthusiasts.

I am just back from a very enjoyable trip to Saint Florian and the BrucknerTage Festival. It was a very successful event and attendance continues to grow. In LATEST NEWS, there is a short report on the festival and our journey to Walhalla in Regensburg, Germany where I was able to pick up some more information about the June, 1937 ceremony when the National Socialists installed a bust of Bruckner at the temple as they appropriated the composer into their cultural program. More information about that event can be found under "Anton Bruckner and the Third Reich" in the Editor's Section.

Several new "pirate recordings" have emerged from Japan, and High Definition Tape Transfers has just issued Eugene Ormandy's Bruckner 4th as a CD and in a variety of download options. Otherwise, September has been a slow month for commercial releases - but some are coming in time for the holidays. See them under Upcoming Releases.

As this newsletter was being prepared, I received an inquiry from San Bernardino requesting information about Frank J. Plash, a local Bruckner enthusiast and scholar who emigrated to the United States in the 1930s. Information about Mr. Plash is presently being researched and we should have some of his essays soon.

  • Marek Janowski appearing on BPO Digital Concert Hall in September.

  • A brief report on the 2017 BrucknerTage Festival.

  • The Bruckner Archive acquires another old Bruckner print.

  • The website section "Bruckner and the Third Reich" continues to grow.

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

  • Essays by Gilles Houle discussing Bruckner historical references during the Third Reich have been added to the Articles in English Section.

  • The Mass No. 3 in F Minor to be performed in Washington, D.C.

  • Austin (Texas) Symphony to Perform Rare Bruckner.

  • Premiere of the new edition of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to be performed at Yale.

  • A rarely heard version of the Bruckner Symphony No. 3 will be presented at Ebrach this summer.


  • The 2017 Brucknerathon (September 8-10) If you plan to attend, sign up NOW!

  • 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 8,700 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

  • 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


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

  • 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.

  • 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!).


  • 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.)


  • Sony releases Kurt Masur's Eurodisc recordings including Bruckner's symphonies 1-9 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.


  • 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 organ transcriptions of movements from Bruckner's Symphonies No. 0 and No. 7.

  • 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 Simone Young.


  • 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: September 30, 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. 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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