Newsletter: February 1, 2017

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Newsletter - February 1, 2017

It was an historic event! While several conductors have performed Bruckner symphony cycles in the United States over the course of a few seasons, no one had ever performed them in a single year. At New York's Carnegie Hall last month, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin performed the nine numbered symphonies in just eleven days. I was one of the lucky few who was able to attend all the concerts.

After the cycle was over, the New York Times published an inane interview by two music critics who never understood Bruckner and still don't. The article entitled, When a Composer Just Doesn’t Do It for You (No Matter How Much You Listen) could easily been replaced by an article written by me explaining why I don't understand Hip-Hop.

What I can tell you is that the orchestra played magnificently and Daniel Barenboim, who has recorded three complete cycles and has conducted similar cycles and semi cycles in Tokyo, Berlin, Vienna, Paris and Granada certainly has a firm grasp of Bruckner's life work.

His performances from Paris of Symphonies 1 -3 and his Carnegie Hall performance of the Symphony No. 9 can be seen via Medici-TV. I urge you to watch them.

On Saturday, January 21st, the Bruckner Society of America held a post-concert reception in the Shorin Club Room at Carnegie Hall. At that reception, I had the pleasure of presenting the Society's Julio Kilenyi Medal of Honor to Maestro Barenboim. The Society's president, Benjamin Korstvedt joined in the presentation which was attended by sixty-six Bruckner Society members and their guests. Photos from the event can be seen at

In a bit of website housecleaning, all back issues of the Bruckner Journal have been removed from the Articles and Essays section. To have access to these back issues, please visit


  • Guiseppe Mazzuca (1939-2017)

  • The BrucknerTage St. Florian announces their 2017 program.

  • Copies of the Viktor Tilgner Bruckner bust for sale.

  • The Bruckner Journal Readers Conference - March 31-April 1


  • Daniel Barenboim receives the Bruckner Society's medal of honor at a Carnegie Hall reception.

  • The Bruckner Society's scrapbooks from the 1940s - 1960s are examined. Images added to the Society's member area.

  • The Bruckner Society is initiating a Society Member's Area on this website. It can be accessed at:

    The site is password protected. Current members receive the username and password. There will be specific content that will be available only to members of the Society. They will include the ability to download all past publications of the Society including all issues of "Chord and Discord" going back to the Society's founding in 1931!

    In the future, the member area will also include some fascinating translations of German essays written during the 1930s. They provide remarkable insight into the debate concerning the "original versions" that were being published at that time. The translations will include the original German as well.

    There will also be an essay that will discuss the various versions and editions of the Bruckner symphonies with audio links to help you to clearly identify differences between the versions.

    Annual membership in the Bruckner Society is $30.00 per year. Your donations will help fund further research and publications. Donate here.

  • 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 8,200 listings) has been updated and it is an easy file to download. 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.


  • 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 (In stock!!)

  1. King International releases a Bruckner 4th with Hiroshi Wakasugi conducting the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

  2. King International releases a Bruckner 7th with Tadaaki Otaka conducting the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

  3. Altus releases a Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with Lovro von Matacic conducting the RAI Orchestra of Milan.

  4. Jonathan Nott's recording of the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra on an Exton SACD.

  5. Paavo Jarvi's cycle continues with an SACD release of the Bruckner Symphony No. 2.

  6. Delta Classics' new CD containing the first release of extracts from a 1942 Bruckner Fifth Symphony with Wilhelm Furtwangler and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

  7. Christian Mandeal's Bruckner Symphony cycle (1-9) with the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic (Romania) in a digitally remastered boxed set. Now out-of-print - only two in stock!!

  8. A Fontec CD release of the Bruckner 4th conducted by Max Pommer.

  9. Takashi Asahina's Sapporo performance of the Bruckner Fourth on a CD released by the orchestra.

  10. Altus' CD release of a remastering of the famous 1975 Asahina Bruckner 7th recorded at St. Florian.

    Other Japanese CDs are available here via special order


  11. 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.

  12. Sir Simon Rattle's first recording of the Bruckner 8th is released by ABC Classics in Australia. The performance features the Australian World Orchestra.

  13. 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!

  14. Thomas Mandel's fascinating Jazz transcriptions of Bruckner's Symphonies 5 and 7 are now available EXCLUSIVELY though this website!

  15. Bavarian Radio's private CD offer of the Bruckner Symphony No. 4 conducted by Mariss Jansons. (low stock!)

  16. Rupert Frieberger's critically acclaimed performance of the Study Symphony in F Minor (on the Fabian Label) (low stock!).

    JANUARY 27th RELEASES Available January 27th!

  17. High Definition Tape Transfers released their transfer of the Hans Knappertsbush / Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Bruckner Symphony No. 8 (the Westminster recording).

  18. Ivor Bolton completes his excellent Bruckner cycle (1-9) with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg with an Oehms Classics CD release of the 1892 version of the Symphony No. 2.

  19. Christian Thielemann continues his Dresden Staatskapelle cycle with a recording on DVD or Blu-Ray of the Symphony No. 6.

  20. Eugen Jochum's 1954 performance of the Te Deum is released on a Urania 3 CD set.


  1. Memories Reverence is releasing a boxed set of Hans Rosbaud conducting Bruckner's Symphonies 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8.

  2. Gerd Schaller's own completion of the Bruckner Ninth is due out early next year. Limited stock available from NOW!!

  3. Remy Ballot's Bruckner Sixth from the 2016 BrucknerTage is scheduled for release this spring.


  • The Download of the Month features a recording of the 1887 version of the Symphony No. 8 as performed by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra. The actual performers of November's download offering are still a mystery.

  • 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 include Daniel Barenboim's performances of Bruckner's Symphonies 1-3 from his recent Paris performances and his Symphony No. 9 from Carnegie Hall (Medici-TV).


  • 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.

  • 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: March 31, 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. Louis Bioncolli's and Robert Bagar's concert notes from the 1947 "The Concert Companion" have been added.

  • New graphics are frequently added.


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