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March 2016

Vol. 20, no. 1

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MARCH 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  Two will be published in

July 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



Attempts at improving the score –

Schalk, Löwe and the First Symphony

by Dr Thomas Röder              


A Document from the Early History of the Fourth Symphony

by Prof Benjamin Korstvedt


The Twilight of the Classical Gods

by Max Graf


The Case for Bruckner

by Winthrop Sargeant


Bruckner200 centrefold

by Gerhard Symons page 23


Dramatic Symphonic Poem for Large Orchestra and Organ

in memory of Anton Bruckner

from Can Atilla


Historical focus at USA Bruckner Marathons

report by Neil Schore


Arts in Residence: Bruckner and Mahler at Hitchin Priory

report by Raymond Cox




ZÜRICH                                                  OPERA HOUSE                                        27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (1887)

Philharmonia Zürich / Fabio Luisi


DALLAS                                  MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER                            15-16 OCTOBER 2015

Bruckner – Symphony No. 5 (1878 ed. Nowak 1951)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra /Jaap van Zweden


LONDON                                             ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL                                    31 OCTOBER 2015

Bruckner - Symphony No. 5

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Stanisław Skrowaczewski


OXFORD                                                    TOWN HALL                                            28 NOVEMBER 2015

Bruckner - Te Deum

Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Susanna Fairbairn, sop; Kate Symonds-Joy, mezzo; Paul Austin Kelly, tenor; Alan Fairs, bass.

Oxford Harmonic Choir, Orchestra of Stowe Opera / Robert Secret


LONDON                                             ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL                                    6 DECEMBER 2015

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (ed. Haas)

Phiharmonia Orchestra / Andris Nelsons


LONDON                                                 BARBICAN HALL                                          6 DECEMBER 2015

Moriarty - Windows

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 9 (Maria João Pires)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 4

London Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding


LONDON                                               BARBICAN HALL                                          16 DECEMBER 2015

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 3 (Maria João Pires)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 (with SPCM finale)

London Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding


PHILADELPHIA, USA                  VERIZON HALL, KIMMEL CENTER                           21 JANUARY 2016

Haydn - Symphony No. 103

Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 (ed. Nowak)

Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin


LONDON                                             ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL                                     27 JANUARY 2016

Schnittke - Pianissimo

Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 2 (Natalia Gutman)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 3 (1873)

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski



March 2016 - June 2016


And sundry other short items of interest to Brucknerians





Bruckner: Lieder - Chöre - Magnificat [Songs - Choral pieces - Magnificat]

Robert Holzer, bass; Philipp Sonntag, organ; Chorvereinigung Bruckner; Chamber Orchestra of the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz /Thomas Kerbl (with Regina Riel, soprano; Isabell Czarnecki De Czarnce, alto; Martin Kiener, tenor; Daniel Pannermayr, bass)                                                                                                Gramola CD 99071


Bruckner - String Quintet, Intermezzo and String Quartet

Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Lucy Russell violin,  Jonathan Sparey violin (Quintet and Intermezzo)  Colin Scobie violin (Quartet)

Alan George viola, Heather Tuach cello   -    with James Boyd, viola



Bruckner - Symphony No. 9

Altomonte Orchestra St Florian / Rémy Ballot     SACD    Live performance recorded 21 Aug 2015, St Florian

Bonus CD: No.9 arr. two pianos - Matthias Giesen & Klaus Laczika  Live performance recorded 15 Aug 2006, St Florian

Gramola SACD (+ CD) 99089


Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 (arr. two pianos four hands by Karl Grunsky)

Till Alexander Körber, Rheinhold Puri-Jobi (pianos)Live performance recorded20 Aug 2015 - St. Florian,

High-Resolution, 4.0 Channel Surround Sound , Producer & recording engineer: John Gladney Proffitt                                 

Available from  


Bruckner - Symphony No. 9

Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann   Filmed at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 24 May 2015   

Cmajor Entertainment: Unitel Classica DVD 733308 (Also available on Blu-ray 733404)