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Klaus Thunemann

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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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    Gubaidulina: Offertorium, Hommage To T.s. Eliot / Dutoit, Kremer, Boston So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001884002 Release Date: 08/20/2013  
    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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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Mozart: Violin & Wind Concertos / Szeryng, Nicolet, Holliger [9-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001735302 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Norman Jones,  Richard Morgan,  Gérard Poulet  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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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 Comunità,  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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    Heinz Holliger Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94054 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Klaus Thunemann,  Maurice Bourgue,  Hermann Baumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  David Zinman,  Eliahu Inbal,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Zelenka: Orchestral Music, Trio Sonatas / Holliger, Bourgue, Tuckwell, Camerata Bern
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93785 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Lucio Buccarella,  Maurice Bourgue,  Christiane Jaccottet,  Saschko Gawriloff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern
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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: Sinfonie Concertante K 297b, Oboe Concerto / Holliger, Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411134 Release Date: 06/19/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Klaus Thunemann,  Hermann Baumann,  Aurèle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Heinz Holliger,  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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    Complete Mozart Edition 6 - Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000575802 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Bruno Giuranna,  Bruno Hoffmann,  Aurèle Nicolet,  Jean De Croos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Beaux Arts Trio,  Grumiaux Trio
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    Complete Mozart Edition - The Compactothèque
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000569202 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Eduard Brunner,  Klaus Thunemann,  Hermann Baumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg-Peter Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    Complete Mozart Edition 5 - Violin Concertos, Wind Concertos
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000601502 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Norman Jones,  Richard Morgan,  Gérard Poulet  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    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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    Zelenka: Orchestral Works, Trio Sonatas / Camerata Bern
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000001702 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Christiane Jaccottet,  Heinz Holliger,  Maurice Bourgue,  Saschko Gawriloff  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander van Wijnkoop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern
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