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November 2015

Vol. 19, no. 3

What’s in the current issue?





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  One will be published in

March 2016.  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



The Piano Music of Anton Bruckner: Context and Overview

by Klaus Petermayr


Anton Bruckner - Holy Minimalist

by James McCullough


Why the Finale of the Ninth Works  (with reference to the SPCM version)

by John Leonard


Sibelius and Bruckner - Kindred Spirits

by Peter Frankland


Two Commentaries: God or Mountains – Bruckner & Delius

by Wilfred Mellers


Bruckner at the Lucerne Festival

by Albert Bolliger


BRUCKNER200 Gerhard Symons Bruckner Tour  of Austria 2015 - report

by Ken Ward page27


Book Review : Elisabeth Maier and Renate Grasberger Die Bruckner-Bestände des Stiftes St. Florian. Teil 1: by Crawford Howie


The least popular Bruckner Symphony becomes the most popular

Akira Naito (re: Takanobu Kawasaki’s Renewal Version edition of Symphony No. 6)



TAIPEI, TAIWAN                              NATIONAL CONCERT HALL                                       28 MAY 2015

Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 (1890 version, ed. Nowak)

National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan (aka Taiwan Philharmonic) / Shao-Chia Lü


GERMANY, BAD KISSINGEN                                 REGENTENBAU                                     7 JUNE 2015

Rossini - Overture to The Thieving Magpie           Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4 (Andrei Licaret)

Bruckner - Symphony in F minor Study Symphony

Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller


SWANSEA, WALES                                    BRANGWYN HALL                                           12 JUNE 2015

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 3 (Stephen Hough)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (ed. Haas)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thomas Søndergård


LONDON                                                ROYAL ALBERT HALL                                        1 AUGUST 2015

Schubert - Symphony No. 4          Luke Bedford - Instability

Bruckner - Mass No.3

Ľuba Orgonášová - soprano; Jennifer Johnston - mezzo-soprano; Robert Dean Smith - tenor; Derek Watson - bass-baritone

BBC Philharmonic, Orféon Pamplonés / Juanjo Mena


EINSIEDELN, SWITZERLAND                    MONASTERY CHURCH                                  18 AUGUST 2015

Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 (arr. organ, Eberhard Klotz)

Thilo Muster - on the Mauritius Organ


Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony at the BrucknerTage 2015, Saint Florian

20 August 2015, 8 pm, Sala Terrena, St Florian

Symphony No. 9 (+Finale completed Carragan) arr. 2 pianos, 4 hands, by Karl Grunsky & Prof. William Carragan.

Till Alexander Körber & Reinhold Puri-Jobi (pianos)


21 August 2015, 8 pm, Basilica, St Florian

Symphony No. 9

Altomonte-Orchestra / Rémy Ballot


LONDON                                                ROYAL ALBERT HALL                                 2 SEPTEMBER 2015

Messiaen - Hymne                                  Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27 (Igor Levit)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 7

Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Peter Oudjian


EBRACH, GERMANY                                    THE ABBEY                                         6 SEPTEMBER 2015

Bruckner - Psalm 146

                 Mass No. 3 in F minor

Ania Vegry - soprano; Franziska Gottwald - alto; Clemens Bieber - tenor; Timo Riihauen - Bass

Munich Philharmonic Choir, Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller


LONDON                                       ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL                                      15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.24 (Murray Perahia)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 7

London Symphony Orchestra  / Bernard Haitink




November 2015 - February 2016


And sundry other short items of interest to Brucknerians





Bruckner: Symphony in D minor, 1869  Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller


Bruckner - Symphony No 5  Hamburg Philharmonic / Simone Young


Bruckner: Symphony 6 in A Major (1881 original edition) Hamburg Philharmonic / Simone Young


Bruckner: Symphony 7 in E Major (ed Nowak) Hamburg Philharmonic / Simone Young


Johann von Herbeck - Great Mass in E minor for chorus, organ and orchestra

Wieland Hofmann - organ, Munich Philharmonic Choir, Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller


Bruckner - Symphony No. 9, Philharmonia Orchestra / Christoph von Dohnanyi