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July 2016

Vol. 20, no. 2

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THE BRUCKNER JOURNAL,

VOLUME TWENTY, NUMBER TWO

JULY 2016

 

This issue contains a wide variety of information about recent performances and new CDs, articles on aspects of Bruckner's life and works, and news of current and future events which will be of interest to Brucknerians. 

 

Volume Twenty, Number  Three will be published in

November 2016.  Should you wish to contribute an article, short essay, letter or comment to the Journal, on any Bruckner-related subject, please contact either Michael Cucka at brucknerjournal@gmail.com or Crawford Howie at acrhowie@blueyonder.co.uk.

ITEMS  IN THIS ISSUE

 

Secret Confessions. Anton Bruckner’s importance for Dmitri Shostakovich. by Dr. Johannes Leopold Mayer    

 

Anton bruckner's sixth symphony, the first print edition and the premiere conducted by Mahler

by Dr Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs

Tempo Studies on Bruckner’s Sixth and Eighth Symphonies  by Prof William Carragan

 

Bruckner: Mass in D minor – editorial work in progress  by Dr Crawford Howie

 

Book review by Ken Ward: Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony - A Listener Guided Analysis  by Dr David B Greene

CONCERTS REVIEWED

LIVERPOOL, UK                       LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL                         11 FEBRUARY 2016

Mozart - Violin Concerto No.5 (Esther Yoo)

Bruckner - Symphony No.9

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic / Sir Andrew Davis

 

BECKENHAM, KENT             BROMLEY HALL, LANGLEY PARK CENTRE                  19 MARCH 2016

Schubert - Symphony No. 5

Bruckner - Symphony No. 9

Bromley Symphony Orchestra / Adrian Brown

 

BIRMINGHAM                                       SYMPHONY HALL                                             12 APRIL 2016

Mozart - Clarinet Concerto (Michael Collins)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 9

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / James Feddeck

 

LONDON                                         BARBICAN HALL                                                      14 APRIL 2016

Messiaen - Couleurs de la cité celeste (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (ed. Haas)

London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle

 

LONDON                                      CADOGAN HALL                                        THURSDAY 21 APRIL 2017

Gluck (arr. Wagner) - Overture: Iphigénie en Aulide

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.23 (Melvyn Tan)

German - Morris Dance from Henry VIII dances (played in honour of 90th birthday, Queen Elisabeth)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 6 (ed. Nowak)

Bruckner Orchestra Linz / Dennis Russell Davies

 

LONDON                                        ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL                                   FRIDAY 22 APRIL 2017

Brahms - Tragic Overture

Rott - Scherzo from Symphony No. 1

Bruckner - Symphony No. 6 (ed. Cohrs - UK première of this edition)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Sir Simon Rattle

 

LONDON                                        ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL                                             24 APRIL 2016

Mozart - Symphony No. 39

Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 (1878/80 Nowak)

Philharmonia Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt

 

LONDON                                              BARBICAN HALL                                                     8 MAY 2016

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20 (Leif Ove Andsnes - conductor & soloist)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 3 (1889, ed. Nowak)

London Symphony Orchestra / Claus Peter Flor (substituting for an indisposed Daniel Harding)

 

 

CONCERT LISTINGS

 

July 2016 - October 2016

 

And sundry other short items of interest to Brucknerians

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CDS & DVDS REVIEWED

Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 (Haas, plus percussion)

Wagner - Das Liebesmahl der Apostel

Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann

Male voice choirs from the Czech Philharmonic, Dresden State Opera, Sinfoniechor Dresden, Czech National Choir, MDR Radio Choir Leipzig, Philharmonic Choir Dresden, Dresden Chamber Choir, 12 bass soloists for 12 apostles.

Bruckner - MDR live recording Semperoper 2 Sept. 2012      Wagner - MDR live recording 18 May 2013

Profil - Edition Staatskapelle Dresden vol. 38 - 2CDs PH15013

 

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (1887)

Philharmonia Zürich / Fabio Luisi

Recorded at Kultur Casino Bern October 2015        

Philharmonia Records 2CDs  PHR0105      music timings:17:46   16:50   31:04   26:02     CDs total 92:12 (34:52 + 57:20)

 

Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 in D minor (61:12)

                    Mass No. 3 in F minor           (63:07)

Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Janina Baechle (alto), Benjamin Bruns (tenor), Günther Groissböck (bass)

Wiener Singakademie, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra / Cornelius Meister

Rec. in public concerts in the Konzerthaus Wien, 26 April 2013 (Symphony) and 23 June 2015 (Mass)  CAPRICCIO 2CD C5247

 

Bruckner - Symphony in F minor (Study Symphony)

Philharmonie  Festiva / Gerd Schaller

Live Recording  September 2015, Regentenbau, Bad Kissingen

Profil Edition Gunter Hänssler.              CD PH15004                    Timings: 15:48  12.15  4.44  10.32

 

Bruckner - Mass No. 3 in F Minor (1868)

Psalm 146 (1858?) and Organ Works:

Bruckner’s Bad Ischl improvisation sketches 1890, completed as “Festmusik” by Erwin Horn [8:35]

Andante in D minor (WAB 130) [1:49]

Postlude in D minor (WAB 126) [4:07]

Prelude and Fugue  in C minor (WAB 131) [5:54]

Fugue in D minor  (WAB 125) [3:58]

Prelude in C minor (WAB 129) [2:06]

Ania Vegry (soprano); Franziska Gottwald (alto); Clemens Bieber (tenor); Timo Riihauen (bass);

Philharmonischer Chor München, Philharmonie Festiva/Gerd Schaller

Gerd Schaller (organ)

rec. live July, 2015 (Mass & Psalm), September, 2015 (organ), Abteikirche, Ebrach

Texts for Mass (Latin and German) and Psalm (German only) provided in the booklet.

2 CD Set - PROFIL PH16034 [60:21+56:48]