Newsletter: September 1, 2019

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In front of Bruckner's grandfather's house in Oed, Austria
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Newsletter - September 1, 2019

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The September newsletter always comes at a busy time. I have just returned from my annual "pilgrimage" to Saint Florian and the BrucknerTage Festival. This year the focus was on Bruckner's Second Symphony with a full orchestral performance, a performance for two pianos and a series of lectures, one of which was given by William Carragan. There was a reception held at the Bruckner birth house in Ansfelden and I even had a chance to visit the town of Oed to visit the birth place of Bruckner's grandfather, (see photo to the right). I also found time to take the 9.2 kilometer Bruckner Wanderweg between Ansfelden and Saint Florian.

Now safely home (with a bag full of books, CDs and postcards - and even a gifted 24" x 26" oil portrait of Bruckner), it's time to prepare this newsletter and then start the extensive preparations for the 2019 Brucknerathon and Symposium that takes place here from September 6-8. Approximately 18 people will be attending - and there is still time to sign up!

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  • Last chance to sign up for the 2019 Bruckner Society Symposium and Brucknerathon!

  • The Old Cathedral in Linz is being renovated - Piano four-hands symphony cycle concludes there on September 4th.

  • Hans Roelofs completes the donation of his recordings archive to the Anton Bruckner Institute in Linz.

  • Updated information on Bruckner's Frau Kathi has been added.

  • A listing of Historic Bruckner recordings has been added.

  • Copies of Bruckner's death mask for sale.

  • Possible get-together at a Bruckner Fest in the Netherlands.

  • The IBG prepares to celebrate their 90th anniversary in October.


  • The Bruckner Society's Brucknerathon / Symposium is being held in Windsor and Simsbury, Connecticut on September 6-8. There is still time to register.

  • Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic receives the Bruckner Society's Medal of Honor on May 27th.

  • Please renew your Society membership- The member area password has been updated. If you have not renewed your membership in the past year, you no longer have access to the materials in the member area.

  • 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.


  • The Bruckner Archive recording database (with over 9,870 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.


  • 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.



  • Reference Recordings issues an SACD with the Bruckner Symphony No. 9 with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

  • Gramola issues Matthias Giesen's incredible organ transcription of the Bruckner Symphony No. 5 (recorded on the Bruckner Organ).

  • Profil issues a box set of Hermann Abendroth performances including his Leipzig Radio Bruckner recordings (Nos. 4,, 5, 7, 9).

  • Brilliant Classics releases Bruckner's complete piano music on a low cost CD - performed by Francesco Pasqualotto.

  • The MusicaNova Ensemble releases a CD and a DVD video of their performance of Bruckner's Symphony in D Minor, "Die Nullte." - An exclusive!

  • Alan Gilbert performed the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 with the NDR Elbephilharmonie on a new Sony Classics CD.

  • Christian Thielemann concludes the first Bruckner Symphony video cycle with a DVD and Blu-Ray release of the Symphony No. 2 (1877 Carragan) with the Staatskapelle Dresden - On the C Major label.

  • Yves St. Laurent releases Eugen Jochum's 1974 Tanglewood performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4.


  • Claus Peter Flor's recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 with the Shanghai Philharmonic is available.

  • The Madison Summer Choir releases their 2018 performance of Bruckner's Mass No. 1.

  • High Definition Tape Transfers releases a mastering of Eugen Jochum's Bruckner First Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic.


  • High Definition Tape Transfers releases a re-mastered edition of Zubin Mehta's Vienna Philharmonic Bruckner 9th.

  • Yves Saint Laurent offers a Bruckner 7th with Carl Schuricht conducting the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.


  • The Berlin Philharmonic's 22 hybrid SACD set of Radio Recordings 1939-1945 including several Bruckner Symphonies.

  • Urania (Italy) releases Mravinsky's Soviet recordings of Bruckner's Symphonies 7 and 8.

  • Deutsche Grammophon releases Karajan's Bruckner cycle on CD and Blu-Ray audio. (July release in the US).

    JAPANESE RELEASES (IN STOCK ! or Available for special order)

  • NEW! TOBU Classics releases a specially priced 4 CD set of Jascha Horenstein conducting the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. The set includes a performance of the Bruckner Symphony No. 3. In stock soon!

  • Tower Records releases their exclusive SACD set of the Asahina / Fontec recordings of Symphonies 5,7,8, and 9. 2 copies in stock!!

  • Epitagraph releases the 1961 recording of Carl Schuricht conducting the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

  • TOBU Recordings have released the Symphonies 7, 8 and 9 with Eduardo Chibas conducting the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra in a three CD boxed set.

  • Exton continues it release of Bruckner symphonies with Toshiyuki Kamioka and the New Japan Philharmonic. This new release features the Symphony No. 6 in the Josef Woess edition of 1927.

  • RCA's slow moving Paavo Jarvi Bruckner cycle with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony gets one step closer to completion with the release of the Symphony No. 3.

  • Tower Records continues their exclusive reissues with a hybrid SACD release of Supraphon's von Matacic recordings of Symphonies 5, 7 and 9.

  • King International releases Karajan's 1966 Bruckner 8th performed in Tokyo.


  • Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are wrapping up their Bruckner video cycle with three live performances at St. Florian in September as part of the 2019 Brucknerfest. The cycle (1-9) will be released in a boxed set - with a documentary disc - in time for Christmas, 2020.

  • An unusual recording was discovered on Ebay that was not known of before. It contains a performance of the Symphony No. 4 with Gerhard Markson conducting the Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra. The concert took place in Oslo in 2005. It is the August Download of the Month!


  • DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH. A premiere performance of a new edition of the Bruckner Symphony No. 7 as arranged for small orchestra by the Portuguese composer and conductor, Luis Carvalho.


  • The store is divided up into sections for CDs & SACDs, Videos, Exclusive Recordings, Special Imports, Books & Scores, Downloads, and 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: October 15, 2019.


  • 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.


  • Essays in English and other languages are entered as they are discovered or accepted.

  • New graphics (over 1,100) are frequently added.

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