Frans Brüggen

Biography

Born: October 30, 1934; Amsterdam, The Netherlands   Died: August 13, 2014; Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Frans Brüggen became one of the world's top recorder players and a leader in the revival of Baroque and other early music before switching his emphasis to conducting and gaining equal acclaim. He studied the recorder and the standard transverse flute, as well as musicology at the University of Amsterdam. Attending the Muzieklyceum, Amsterdam, he embarked upon recorder studies with Kees Otten, who was a student of Karl Dolmetsch, the great Read more rediscoverer of the instrument in the twentieth century. Brüggen decided to specialize in the recorder and in historical versions of the transverse flute. He became the first student of the Muzieklyceum to graduate with a diploma in recorder.

Thanks to the confluence of his own talents and the tremendous reawakening of interest in early music in the 1960s and 1970s, Brüggen evolved into something of an international recorder star. He was known for a brilliant and rapidly fluent technique and total devotion to historical accuracy, often established by his own research. Yet he was musical and often deeply affecting in performance. Brüggen is credited with inspiring succeeding generations of players; he became a highly respected teacher not only of the instrument but also of interpretation and performance practice. He joined the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague as professor of flute and in 1972-73 was the visiting Erasmus Professor of late Baroque Music at Harvard University. Brüggen has written exercise compositions for recorder students and treatises on playing the instrument. He has also prepared editions of Baroque music.

Though recognized for his recorder performances in the early music field, Brüggen also commissioned several new works for the instrument, including Gesti (1966) by Luciano Berio. He began to conduct music of various eras, and formed an avant-garde music group called Sourcream. Gradually he began to emphasize conducting and in 1981 founded the Orchestra of the 18th Century, an international group of specialists in early instrument performance who gather twice yearly in Amsterdam for concerts and touring. They play music of the later Baroque era (Purcell, Rameau, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and their contemporaries), the Classical era including Beethoven, and occasionally works from the earliest days of musical Romanticism, such as that of Mendelssohn.

He was also guest conductor with some of the most famous standard-repertory orchestras: the Orchestre de Paris, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others. As an opera conductor he led Mozart's Mitridate, King of Ponto in Zurich and Gluck's Orfeo at the Lyons National Opera. In 1991, he was invited by Simon Rattle to participate in a series of recordings of music of Bach and Haydn with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, another leading Baroque-Classical specialty orchestra. He made well over a hundred recordings, both as a recorder player and a conductor. Read less

Biography

Born: October 30, 1934; Amsterdam, The Netherlands   Died: August 13, 2014; Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Frans Brüggen became one of the world's top recorder players and a leader in the revival of Baroque and other early music before switching his emphasis to conducting and gaining equal acclaim. He studied the recorder and the standard transverse flute, as well as musicology at the University of Amsterdam. Attending the Muzieklyceum, Amsterdam, he embarked upon recorder studies with Kees Otten, who was a student of Karl Dolmetsch, the great Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Allegro
4. Allegro vivace
1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro
1. Largo - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Presto
1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto
3. Menuetto (Vivace)
4. Presto. Vivace
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro molto)
4. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Presto)
4. Allegro moderato
1. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro vivace
1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. Andante cantabile con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
4. Allegro
4. Allegro
Overture "Coriolan", Op.62
Overture "Coriolan", Op.62
Overture "Coriolan", Op.62
Overture "Egmont", Op.84
Overture "Egmont", Op.84
Overture "Egmont", Op.84
1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro molto
1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
2. Allegretto
3. Presto - Assai meno presto
4. Allegro con brio
1. Allegro con brio
2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro molto)
1. Allegro vivace e con brio
2. Allegretto scherzando
3. Tempo di menuetto
4. Allegro vivace
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Adagio
3. Allegro vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
2. Molto vivace
3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Presto -
"O Freunde nicht diese Töne" -
Allegro assai -
Alla marcia (Allegro vivace assai) -
Andante maestoso - Adagio non troppo, ma divoto -
Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato -
Allegro ma non tanto
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto
3. Rondo. Allegro
3. Rondo. Allegro
3. Rondo. Allegro
Violin Romance No.1 in G major, Op.40
Violin Romance No.1 in G major, Op.40
Violin Romance No.1 in G major, Op.40
Violin Romance No.2 in F major, Op.50
Violin Romance No.2 in F major, Op.50
Violin Romance No.2 in F major, Op.50
Overtura
Introduzione. La Tempesta. Allegro non troppo
No.1 Poco Adagio
No.2 Adagio - Allegro con brio
No.3 Allegro vivace
No.4 Maestoso - Andante
No.5 Adagio - Andante quasi Allegretto
No.6 Un poco Adagio - Allegro
No.7 Grave
No.8 Allegro con brio
No.9 Adagio
No.10 Pastorale. Allegro
No.11 Coro di Gioja. Andante
No.12 Solo di Gioja. Maestoso - Adagio
No.13 Terzettino. Grotteschi. Allegro
No.14 Solo della Signora Cassentini. Andante - Adagio
No.15 Coro (e) Solo di Viganň. Andantino - Adagio
No.16 Finale. Allegretto
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro assai
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Molto Allegro
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro molto
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro
IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm: Allegretto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto, assai meno presto
IV. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto -
IV. Recitativo: O Freunde, Nicht Diese Tone! (Bass) -
IV. Allegro assai: Freude, Freude (Bass, Chorus) -
IV. Allegro assai vivace. Alla marcia - Froh, froh! (Tenor, Chorus) -
IV. Andante maestoso: Seid umschlungen - Adagio ma non troppo, ma divoto: Ihr sturzt nieder (Chorus) -
IV. Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato: Seid umschlungen (Chorus) -
IV. Allegro ma non tanto: Freude, Tochter aus Elysium (Quartet, Chorus)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
Mozart: Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Mozart: Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 4. Molto allegro
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro assai
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Allegro
4. Allegro vivace
1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro
1. Largo - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Presto
1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto
3. Menuetto (Vivace)
4. Presto. Vivace
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro molto)
4. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Presto)
4. Allegro moderato
1. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto
3. Rondo. Allegro
Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Strings and Basso continuo: Andante e spiccato
Adagio
Presto
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)


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