Bruno Weil

Biography

Born: November 24, 1949; Hahnstätten  
Bruno Weil is among the more important German conductors of his generation. He has been most closely associated with the symphonies of Haydn, as well as with opera and choral works from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He has made numerous recordings for Sony Classics and BMG conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and two period-instrument ensembles, the Canadian group Tafelmusik and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Read more His repertory includes Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner, and a spate of others, but Weil has shown little interest in twentieth century or contemporary music.

Weil was born in the village of Hahnstaetten, Germany, on November 24, 1949. He was a student of Hans Swarowsky (1972-1974) and Franco Ferrara (1975) and managed to win prizes in several important conducting competitions in his early twenties. After serving a short stint in the mid-'70s as kapellmeister at the Wiesbaden Opera House, he worked in the same capacity at the Brunswick Opera House from 1977 to 1981. In that latter year he was named general music director for the city of Augsburg.

Perhaps the event that elevated Weil to international notice was his replacement of Herbert von Karajan at the 1988 Salzburg Festival, where he led an acclaimed performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni. The following year he left his Augsburg post, and soon turned out his first recordings for Sony Classics: Mozart: Overtures, Schubert Symphonies 5 & 6, and, most importantly, Mozart's Don Giovanni were all released in 1991, generally to critical praise. He debuted at the 1992 Glyndebourne Festival with Mozart's Così fan tutte.

In 1994 Weil was appointed general music director for the city of Duisburg. He also began making regular guest-conducting appearances with some of the world's leading orchestras, including those in Boston, Los Angeles, Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo, and Sydney. In 2000 he led a critically acclaimed production of Mozart's Magic Flute at the Salzburg Mozartwoche. The following year he took on a professorship at the Munich State Academy for Music and Theater. Weil resigned his Duisberg post in 2002 but remained busy guest-conducting (he debuted in San Francisco and Indianapolis in the 2003-2004 season) and in the recording studio. Among his later recordings are a pair of 2005 releases, Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 6 (Analekta), and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman (RCA), with Cappella Coloniensis, a period-instrument ensemble he has led since 1997. Read less

Biography

Born: November 24, 1949; Hahnstätten  
Bruno Weil is among the more important German conductors of his generation. He has been most closely associated with the symphonies of Haydn, as well as with opera and choral works from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He has made numerous recordings for Sony Classics and BMG conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and two period-instrument ensembles, the Canadian group Tafelmusik and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Con moto moderato
IV. Saltarello: Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuet: Allegro
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio cantabile - Vivace assai
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Allegro di molto
I. Adagio - Vivace
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Menuet: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Presto assai
I. Introitus
II. Kyrie
III. Sequenz, 1. Dies irae
III. Sequenz, 2. Tuba mirum
III. Sequenz, 3. Rex tremendae
III. Sequenz, 4. Recordare
III. Sequenz, 5. Confutatis
III. Sequenz, 6. Lacrimosa
IV. Offertium, 1. Domine
IV. Offertium, 2. Hostias
V. Sanctus
VI. Benedictus
VII. Agnus Dei
VIII. Communio
Kyrie. Larghetto
Gloria. Allegro vivace moderato - Andante con moto - Adagio - Allegro maestoso - Allegro vivace
Credo. Andantino
Sanctus. Adagio maestoso
Benedictus. Andante con moto
Agnus Dei. Adagio molto
Dona Nobis. Andante [1st version]
Dona Nobis. Allegro moderato [2nd version]
Mass in G Major for Solo Voices, Mixed Chorus, Strings and Organ, D 167 [Klosterneuburg version with trumpet & timpani parts ad libitum]: Kyrie. Andante con moto (Voice)
Gloria. Allegro maestoso (Voice)
Credo. Allegro moderato (Voice)
Sanctus. Adagio maestoso - Allegro (Voice)
Benedictus. Andante grazioso - Allegro (Voice)
Agnus Dei. Lento (Voice)
I. Allegro assai
II. Adagio
III. Menuet. Allegretto - Trio
IV. Finale - Presto
Sinfonia in B Major, Hob. I:46: I. Vivace
II. Poco adagio
III. Menuet. Allegretto - Trio
IV. Finale. Presto e scherzando
Sinfonia in G Major, Hob. I:47: I. (Allegro)
II. Un poco adagio, cantabile
III. Menuet - Trio
IV. Finale. Presto assai
I. Kyrie
II. Gloria
III. Credo
IV. Sanctus
V. Benedictus
VI. Agnus Dei
Deutsche Messe, D 872 (German Mass): I. Zum Eingang "Wohin soll ich mich wenden" (Vers 1 und 3) (Voice)
II. Zum Gloria "Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe!" (Vers 1) (Voice)
III. Zum Evangelium und Credo "Noch lag die Schopfung formlos da" (Vers 1 und 4) (Voice)
IV. Zum Offertorium "Du gabst, o Herr, mir Sein und Leben" (Vers 1 bis 3) (Voice)
V. Zum Sanctus "Heilig" (Vers 1 und 2) (Voice)
VI. Nach der Wandlung "Betrachtend Deine Huld und Gute" (Vers 1 und 2) (Voice)
VII. Zum Agnus Dei "Mein Heiland, Herr und Meister!" (Vers 1) (Voice)
VIII. Zum Sclussgesang "Herr, Du hast mein Flehn vernommen" (Vers 1 bis 3) (Voice)


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