Alkor-Edition, the music publisher and agency for stage and orchestral works, emerged from the company originally called Oscar Brandstetter. This company was founded in 1934 in Leipzig to continue the Bruckner Complete Critical Edition and then was renamed Bruckner-Verlag Leipzig in 1944. With the refounding of the publishing house as Bruckner-Verlag Wiesbaden, the head office first moved to Wiesbaden in 1948 where its Managing Director was Fritz Oeser. Karl Vötterle subsequently invited the company to move to Kassel to join the Bärenreiter Group under the name of Alkor-Edition. The present Managing Director is Barbara Scheuch-Vötterle, daughter of the founder of Bärenreiter, Karl Vötterle.
As an agency for the distribution of stage and orchestral works as well as its own publications, Alkor-Edition specialises in French 19th century music theatre works, performance materials from Bärenreiter and numerous foreign publishers. These include stage and orchestral works by Rameau, Lully, Telemann, Handel, Gluck, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Janácek, the Strauss dynasty and the Nowak editions of the Bruckner symphonies. Also available at Alkor-Edition are scholarly-critical editions of major operas such as Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, Bizet’s “Carmen”, Halévy’s “La Juive”, “Dvorák’s Rusalka”, Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride”, Gounod’s “Faust”, Offenbach’s “Les contes d’Hoffmann” and “La Belle Hélène” and ballets by Tchaikovsky. Contemporary music forms a central part of the Alkor repertoire, in particular works by Bärenreiter composers.
A complete overview of the performance materials available at Alkor-Edition can be found in the Kassel Stage Works Catalogue and Kassel Orchestral Catalogue.
The latest news on composers, new publications, first performances and publishing plans can be found in the [t]akte magazine, published twice a year in both printed form and online at www.takte-online.com.