Due to private reasons as well as for health issues, Dr. Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs has recently resigned from being a member and of his duties as representative of the Editorial Team around italian composer and conductor Nicola Samale, which had collaborated in preparing a performance edition of the unfinished Finale of Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony between 1984 and 2012.
The so-called “SPCM-Finale”, as revised and published in 2012 (Study score: Musikproduktion Höflich, München, https://repertoire-explorer.musikmph.de/en), has gained new international recognition after it had been performed and recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.
In all, since its first edition in 1991 (which replaced the 1985 first edition by Nicola Samale and Giuseppe Mazzuca alone), the balance of the SPCM Finale is quite impressive – with 85 performances worldwide by 46 orchestras under 38 known conductors, as well as 10 broadcastings and 6 CD releases.
After Giuseppe Mazzuca had died in 2017, and with Cohrs departing, the future of the Samale et al. Finale is now entirely in the hands of Nicola Samale and Dr. John A. Phillips, who recently has even proposed a further revision of the Finale:
https://www.abruckner.com/editorsnote/news/john-phillips-revision-to-the-smpc-bruckner-9th-fi/
For further information and hire conditions for planned upcoming performances please contact from now on Dr. Phillips, being available via e-mail under: japhillips1896@gmail.com