Klaus Thunemann

Biography

Born: April 19, 1937; Magdeburg, Germany  
His many admirers will assert that Klaus Thunemann is the greatest bassoonist of all time. Certainly, critics and public alike have long considered him one of the finest bassoonists of his generation and arguably the most celebrated. He is generally viewed as the leading German bassoon teacher and has probably made more recordings than any other bassoonist with the possible exception of Milan Turkovic. Thunemann has performed as an orchestral Read more member, chamber player, and soloist, and possesses a vast repertory in all areas, from J.S. Bach and Vivaldi to Mozart and Beethoven; and from Schubert and Carl Maria von Weber to Hindemith and Sofia Gubaidulina. Thunemann is one of those rare musicians who grasps virtually every feature of his/her instrument, not just the interpretive and technical ones. He published an authoritative article in 1995 on the medical aspects of playing the bassoon ("Medical problems in instrumentalists: Causes and Prevention"). Thunemann's recordings can be found on several labels, including Philips, Decca, DG, Hänssler Classics, Naxos, and BIS.

Klaus Thunemann was born in Magdeburg, Germany, on April 19, 1937. He studied piano from an early age, but at 18 turned his focus to the bassoon. He enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where his most important teacher was Willy Fugmann.

Thunemann graduated in 1961 and from 1962-1978 he served as first chair bassoonist for the Hamburg-based NDR Symphony Orchestra. During this stint he also regularly appeared as soloist and chamber player.

In 1978 he abandoned orchestral playing and turned to teaching, accepting a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Hanover. He continued with solo and chamber work, often appearing in concert with oboist/composer Heinz Holliger. The pair made a series of acclaimed Mozart recordings on the Philips label that was reissued in 2006. Thunemann began teaching at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin in 1996. He regularly gave master classes in the U.S., Japan, and various locales in Europe.

Thunemann retired from teaching in 2005 and the following year was recognized by the German government for his contributions to the arts with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (the Federal Cross of Merit). Thunemann remained active on the concert scene after his retirement from teaching. Among his more acclaimed engagements was his September 2008 appearance at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, where he played the Saint-Saëns Sonata for bassoon and piano. Read less

Biography

Born: April 19, 1937; Magdeburg, Germany  
His many admirers will assert that Klaus Thunemann is the greatest bassoonist of all time. Certainly, critics and public alike have long considered him one of the finest bassoonists of his generation and arguably the most celebrated. He is generally viewed as the leading German bassoon teacher and has probably made more recordings than any other bassoonist with the possible exception of Milan Turkovic. Thunemann has performed as an orchestral Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1.
2.
3. "Time and the bell have buried the day"
4.
5. "The chill ascends from feet to knees"
6.
7. "Sin is Behovely, but"
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 1. Largo - Allegro moderato
Mozart: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 3. Allegretto
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - I. Adagio ma non troppo
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - II. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - III. Larghetto
Zelenka: Sonata No.1 in F major - IV. Allegro assai
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - I. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - II. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - III. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.2 in G minor - IV. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - I. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - II. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - III. Largo
Zelenka: Sonata No.3 in B flat major - IV. Allegro - Tempo giusto
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 1. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 2. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 3. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.4 In G Minor - 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Zelenka: Sonata No.5 in F major - 1. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.5 in F major - 2. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.5 in F major - 3. Allegro
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 1. Andante
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 2. (Allegro)
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 3. Adagio
Zelenka: Sonata No.6 in C minor - 4. (Allegro)
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro vivace
4. Thema. Andante - Var. I - VII
5. Menuetto
6. Andante molto - Allegro
1.
2.
3. "Time and the bell have buried the day"
4.
5. "The chill ascends from feet to knees"
6.
7. "Sin is Behovely, but"
Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder (Chorus)
Recitative: Ach heile mich, du Arzt der Seelen (Tenor)
Aria: Troste mir, Jesu, mein Gemute (Tenor)
Recitative: Ich bin von Seufzen mude (Alto)
Aria: Weicht, all ihr Ubeltater (Bass)
Chorale: Ehr sei ins Himmels Throne (Chorus)
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto
III. Menuetto
IV. Adagio
V. Menuetto: Allegretto
VI. Romance: Adagio
VII. Theme with Variations
VIII. Rondo: Allegro molto
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Romanza (Andantino e cantabile)
3. Rondo (Vivace)
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 3. Menuetto in canone
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik" - 4. Allegro
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 3. Adagio
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 4. Menuetto
Mozart: Serenade in E flat, K.375 - 5. Finale (Allegro)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 3. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 4. Adagio
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.186 - 5. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 3. Andante grazioso
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 4. Adagio
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.166 - 5. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.213 - 4. Contredanse en Rondeau (Molto allegro)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 2. Andante grazioso
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.240 - 4. Allegro
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 1. Andante
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 3. Polonaise (Andante)
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K.252 - 4. Presto assai
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 1. Tema con variazioni (Andante)
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K.253 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 1. Allegro molto
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 3. Menuetto (Moderato)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K.270 - 4. Presto
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat, K.292 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, K.191 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, K.191 - 2. Andante ma adagio
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, K.191 - 3. Rondo (Tempo di menuetto)
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro vivace
4. Thema. Andante - Var. I - VII
5. Menuetto
6. Andante molto - Allegro


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