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
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  • 1.
    Schubert: The Edition, Vol. 1
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002447802 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elena Kremer,  Emil Gilels,  Oleg Maisenberg,  Valery Afanassiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Eduard Melkus,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart,  Amadeus Quartet  ... 
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    Alfred Brendel: Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434302 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 114
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Sylvia McNair,  Eduard Brunner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Bernard Haitink,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Carl Stamitz: 10 Klarinettenkonzerte
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 1630 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Stamitz
    Performer:  Eduard Brunner,  Klaus Thunemann,  Ana Chumachenco
    Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair
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    Bach: Mass In B Minor
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 13026 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Siegfried Barchet,  Tom Krause,  Wilhelm Nossek,  Michael Wieck  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
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    Gubaidulina: Offertorium, Hommage To T.s. Eliot / Dutoit, Kremer, Boston So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001884002 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Christine Whittlesey,  Klaus Thunemann,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Albinoni: Adagio; Pachelbel: Canon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001703302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Heinz Holliger,  Eric Wyrick,  Eric Bartlett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Rafael Kubelik,  Alexander Van Wijnkoop,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Bach: Complete Cantatas / Rilling, Stuttgart Bach Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98630 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 71
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Walter Heldwein,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Aldo Baldin,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Frankfurt Kantorei  ... 
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    Essential Vivaldi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94136 Release Date: 02/01/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza,  Erik Bosgraaf,  Roberto Loreggian,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Pieter-Jan Leusink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunitŕ,  Cordevento,  L'Arte dell'Arco  ... 
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    Darmstadt Aural Documents Box 1: Composers - Conductors
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11060 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Earle Brown,  René Leibowitz,  Wolfgang Fortner  ... 
    Performer:  Earle Brown,  Kurt Redel,  Rose Stein,  Rudolf Klamand  ... 
    Conductor:  Earle Brown,  René Leibowitz,  Wolfgang Fortner,  Ernst Krenek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Internationales Kammerensemble Darmstadt,  Ungarisches Kammerensemble Budapest,  Ensemble Köln  ... 
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    Crusell, Kreutzer: Bassoon Concertos / Thunemann, Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446096 Release Date: 06/19/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Berwald,  Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda,  Conradin Kreutzer,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Klaus Thunemann
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Mozart: Serenade K 320
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422413 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernhard Krabatsch,  Michael Vladar,  Hofer Horst,  Gottfried Menth  ... 
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Mozart: Wind Serenades K 375 & K 388 / Heinz Holliger
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420183 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Baumann,  Matthew Wilkie,  Klaus Thunemann,  Elmar Schmid  ... 
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    Telemann: Suite In A Minor, Etc / Petri, Bennett, Thunemann
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 410041 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Klaus Thunemann,  William Bennett
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Vivaldi: 5 Concerti Per Oboe, Etc / Holliger, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411480 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Klaus Thunemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Vivaldi: 6 Bassoon Concertos / Klaus Thunemann, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416355 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Klaus Thunemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Mozart: Quintet K 452;  Beethoven: Quintet Op 16 / Brendel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420182 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Eduard Brunner,  Klaus Thunemann,  Hermann Baumann  ... 
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    Vivaldi: 6 Bassoon Concertos / Klaus Thunemann, I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432124 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Klaus Thunemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos;  Tartini: Flute Concerto
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186154 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini
    Performer:  Klaus Thunemann,  Severino Gazzelloni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 20.
    Schubert: Violin Works / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000001502 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Gabrielle Lester,  Richard Lester,  Diemut Poppen  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    20/21 - Gubaidulina: Offertorium, Hommage / Dutoit, Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471625 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Isabelle van Keulen,  Tabea Zimmermann,  David Geringas  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Sinfonie Concertante K 297b, Oboe Concerto / Holliger, Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411134 Release Date: 12/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Klaus Thunemann,  Hermann Baumann,  Aurčle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Rota: Chamber Music / Kremerata Musica
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 870 Release Date: 08/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota
    Performer:  Mascha Smirnov,  Anna Maria Pammer,  Marino Formenti,  Maria Graf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Musica,  Hagen String Quartet
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 42 - Cantatas Bwv 133-135 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92042 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hans-Joachim Erhard,  Hedda Rothweiler,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Adalbert Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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    Beethoven: Chamber Music for Winds
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439852 Release Date: 02/20/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Günter Piesk,  Jörg Demus,  Gerd Seifert,  Karl Leister  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Winds,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members,  Drolc String Quartet
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