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March 2014

Vol. 18, No. 1

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MARCH 2014


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


Volume Eighteen, Number  Two, will be published in

July 2014.  Should you wish to contribute an article, short essay, letter or comment to the Journal, on any Bruckner-related subject, please contact either Ken Ward at or Crawford Howie at



Bruckner and Wagner – the relationship between two contrary personalities - Dr. Andrea Harrandt


Levi’s rejection of the Eighth and its  impact on Bruckner the man and his attitude to his work and life

- Malcolm Hatfield


Book Review:  The Power of Robert Simpson – A Biography by Donald Macauley, reviiewed by Dr Dermot Gault CD,


Two USA Bruckner Marathons - A report by Neil Schore


Timed Structure Tables for Bruckner Symphonies - Study Symphony in F minor, Symphony; In D Minor

- Prof. William Carragan


19th Century Multimedia - a poem by Rob Jacques




CHICAGO                                           SYMPHONY CENTER                                      2 NOVEMBER 2013

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 27 (Emmanuel Ax)

Bruckner – Symphony No. 4 (1878/80)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink


BATH, UK                                                      BATH ABBEY                                             16 NOVEMBER 2013

Bach - Jesu meine Freude; Prelude & Fugue in G          Britten - Missa Brevis in D

Bruckner - Mass No. 2 in E minor

City of Bath Bach Choir, Southern Sinfonia Wind Ensemble / Nigel Perrin            Marcus Sealy - organ


LONDON, UK                                                MILTON COURT                                         25 NOVEMBER 2014

Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 (Nikolai Demidenko, pno)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 3 (1873)

Kensington Symphony Orchestra / Russell Keable


BRANKSOME, POOLE, UK                      ST ALDHELM’S CHURCH                           16 DECEMBER 2013

Humperdinck - Hansel & Gretel, overture           Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 (Sam Hanson, pno)

Bruckner - Symphony in D minor “Die Nullte”

St. Aldhelm’s Orchestra /  Ian Lowes



Concert listings: - Bruckner performances worldwide

from March 2014 - June 2014 (also published here: Concert Listings)

And sundry other short items of interest to Brucknerians



New Books

noted in The Bruckner Journal since November 2011


Donald Macauley’s biography of Robert Simpson

The Power of Robert Simpson

reviewed by Dr Dermot Gault in The Bruckner Journal, March 2014


Published by Xlibris, 418 pp, available from, and other on-line outlets and good bookshops. Paperback price in the region of £16.


ISBN 13: 978-1-4797-9437-9 - paperback       ISBN 13:  978-1-4797-9438-6 - hardback

ISBN 13:  978-1-4797-9439-3 - ebook



Seeking the Infinite -  The Musical Life of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Dr Frederick Edward Harris Jnr   (Create Space 2011) 634pp  ISBN 1439257744




The New Bruckner

Compositional Development and the Dynamics of Revision

Dermot Gault

Pub.: Ashgate ISBN 9781409400912

234 x 156 mm, 278 pages Hardback, Includes c.39 musical examples and 3 tables

978-1-4094-0091-2   £60.00  (£54 - On-line price at

Contents: Preface - Introduction; tradition and innovation - Masses and early symphonies - The emergence of the 'Bruckner symphony' - Consolidation and revision - 4 masterpieces - Bruckner and his disciples - The 8th symphony - The final decade - Anomalies of history - Appendix Select bibliography -   Index

(Articles by Dermot Gault were published in Vol 6/1, Vol 8/3 and Vol 10/1 of The Bruckner Journal)



Simon Sechter’s Fundamental-Bass Theory and Its Influence on the Music of Anton Bruckner 
Frederick Stocken  Pub.: Edwin Mellen  ISBN10:  0-7734-3879-3  300 pages  £69.95 (discounts available) Contrary to the many commentators who presumed there to be a tension between Sechter’s theory and Bruckner’s mature musical language, this study demonstrates their compatibility. Using the Adagio of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, the case is made for fundamental-bass theory as a revealing tool for analyzing the composer’s music. 


Феномен Брукнера Вариации на тему: загадки и парадоксы гения

(The Bruckner Phenomenon:  variations on a theme:  the enigmas and paradoxes of a genius)

Anna Khomenia:  ISBN-13: 978-3-8465-1934-9  LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. 2011  208pp  €79



Bruckner: Male Voice Choruses

Anton Bruckner Männerchöre Vol.2

Männerchor Bruckner 12, Ensemble Linz / Thomas Kerbl and Christian Schmidbauer.

Gramola 98997


Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 (1878, with Volksfest finale, ed. Carragan)

Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller

Live recording in Regentenbau, Bad Kissingen, 01/2013

Profil CD PH13049


Bruckner - Symphony 6 (ed Nowak)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden

Challenge Classics  CC72552 (Hybrid CD/SACD)

57 mins - Recorded at Studio MCO 5, Hilversum, Netherlands, 6/2012


Bruckner - Symphony 6 (ed Haas)

Orchestre Métropolitain / Yannick Nézet-Séguin  

ATMA Classique  ACD2 2639

54 mins - Recorded in the Maison symphonique de Montréal, Canada, 12/2012


Bruckner - Symphony No. 6  (ed. Nowak)

Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim

Accentus Music Blu-Ray ACC 102176 (or DVD ACC 202176) - 52.50 mins, live at Philharmonie Berlin 22/06/10


BRUCKNER unknown.  Works completed and arranged for chamber orchestra by Ricardo Luna

Symphony in B major (sketch for the 1st movement)*

Symphony No. 1 - Adagio & Scherzo, 1865-66 early versions*

Symphony No. 9 - Scherzo, with Trios 1*, 2 & 3;  Finale fragment

                                                                                  (based on ‘Documentation of the Fragment’  by Dr. John A Phillips)
Motet “Christus factus est”, second composition 1873 -

Ensemble ViennAyres; Ensemble Wien-Linz; Hard-Chor Linz;

Klavierduo Gröbner-Trisko / Ricardo Luna, conductor      *world premiere recordings


Preiser Records CD. PR 91250, 2013