The Bruckner Journal


March 2018

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2018 Readers Poll - First Ever

     readers choose favorite recordings of all Bruckner's symphonies!

Ed. Note: the Furtwängler 8th in the "Top Choices" should be "VPO/'44"

150 Years Later: Another Look at Simon Sechter's Legacy

     by Miguel J Ramirez

Early Allusions to Wagner's Music in Bruckner's First Symphony                 

     by Thomas Röder

Clemens Krauss as Bruckner Interpreter

     by Eric Lai

Bruckner from Unfamiliar Sources at USA Marathons

     by Neil Davis


BASINGSTOKE, UK                                                      THE ANVIL                                                             1 DECEMBER 2017

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 23, K488 (Robert Levin)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (ed. Haas)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits

by Ken Ward

LONDON, UK                                                       ROYAL ALBERT HALL                                                  4 NOVEMBER 2017

Bruckner – Symphony No.8 (vers. composite, ed. Haas)

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Lawrence Renes

by Young-Jin Hur and by Paul (with Elizabeth) Dawson-Bowling

PHILADELPHIA, PA USA                              VERIZON HALL, KIMMEL CENTER                                      11 November 2017

Bach - Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (David Kim)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (Haas ed.)            

Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin

by Sol L. Siegel

NEW HAVEN, CT USA                                           YALE UNIVERSITY                                              25 & 27 OCTOBER 2017

Morse Recital Hall – “The Late Romantics of Austria”

Mahler – Five Songs from Das Knaben Wunderhorn (Bryan Murray, ten; Sophiko Simsive, pno)

Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 (arr. Chamber Orchestra, 1921)

Woolsey Hall

Bresnick – Grace

Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 (ed. Hawkshaw) – World Premiere

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale / Peter Oundjian

by Michael Cucka

BOSTON, MA USA                                                 SYMPHONY HALL                                                     25 NOVEMBER 2017

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Rudolf Buchbinder)

Bruckner – Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” (1878/80, ed. Nowak)

Boston Symphony / Andris Nelsons

by Michael Cucka

ROME, IT                              BASILICA DI SANT'IGNAZIO DI LOYOLA IN CAMPO MARZIO          4 NOVEMBER 2017

“Pro Musica e Arte Sacra”

Bruckner - Requiem, extracts

Bruckner - D Minor Mass, extracts

Bruckner - Te Deum

Russian Kazan State Orchestra / Leo Kraemer

choirs of Palatina Klassik Vocal Ensemble and Philharmonischer Chor an der Saar

Susanne Bernhard, Susanne Schaefer and Heikki Kippeläinen (soloists)

by Filippo Simonelli

ROME, IT                              AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA - SALA SANTA CECILIA          17 OCTOBER 2017

Wagner - Meistersinger Ouverture

Korngold - Violin Concerto (Michael Barenboim)

Bruckner - Symphony No. 7

Young Italian Orchestra (aka Orchestra Giovanile Italiana – OGI) / Philippe Auguin

by Filippo Simonelli


BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 (Nowak edition)

I. Feierlich, misterioso [24:41]      

II. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio. Schnell [10:58]      

III. Adagio. Langsam, feierlich [24:17]

TAKEMITSU: “Ceremonial. An Autumn Ode” - for Orchestra with Sho (1992) [09:11]

Mayumi Miyata, Sho

Tonkünstler Symphony Orchestra / Yutaka Sado

rec. live 21-23 May 2017, Wiener Musikverein, Austria

TONKÜNSTLER TON 2004 [69:20]

by Ralph Moore

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 (“Original edition”, 1878 Nowak)

I. Adagio – Allegro [19:55]

II. Adagio. Sehr langsam [15:46]

III. Scherzo. Molto vivace [12:42]

IV. Finale. Allegro moderato [22:53]

Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra / Stanisław Skrowaczewski

rec. live 18 April 2008, Suntory Hall, Tokyo

DENON CD COCQ-85385 [71:16]

by Ralph Moore

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 6 in A major (1881 Version, ed. Haas 1935)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks / Bernard Haitink

rec. live, 4 & 5 May 2017, Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich

BR KLASSIK 900147 [55:15]

by Ralph More

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5

I. Adagio – Allegro [22:53/23:30]*

II. Adagio. Sehr langsam [22.12/22.41]*

III. Scherzo. Molto vivace [15:02/15:19*]

IV. Finale. Allegro moderato [27:09/28:00]*

Altomonte Orchestra St Florian / Rémy Ballot

rec. Aug 18, 2017, Brucknertage St. Florian, Stiftsbasilika.

GRAMOLA SACD 99162 [87:16/89:29]*

*timings: [music/track]

by Ken Ward

BRUCKNER: Complete Symphonies, Mass No. 3, Psalm 146, Organ Works

Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller

rec. live, July 2007 – July 2016, Abteikirche, Ebrach, Upper Franconia

and Regentenbau, Bad Kissingen

(D minor Symphony & Nos. 1 & 4 Volksfest finale), Germany.


by Ralph Moore


November 2017 to February 2018

Compiled by Howard Jones


March - June 2018

Compiled by Michael Cucka

And sundry other short items of interest to Brucknerians

TBJ March 2018