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
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  • 1.
    Flute Concertos & Sonatas
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88725463922 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Stamitz,  Franz Xaver Richter,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Barthold Kuijken,  Claire Guimond,  Frans Brüggen,  Bob van Asperen  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    Vivaldi, Marcello, Platti, Handel, Telemann, Corelli & Hotteterre: Concertos & Sonatas for Wind Instruments
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88725463932 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Jacques Hotteterre,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen,  Hansjurg Lange  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Museum Trio,  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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  • 3.
    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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  • 5.
    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Telemann: Chamber Music / Philidor Ensemble
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454154 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Danny Bond,  Chris Farr,  Ricardo Kanji,  Ku Ebbinge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philidor Ensemble
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  • 7.
    Hotteterre: Complete Wind Music / Brüggen, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 62942 Release Date: 08/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Hotteterre
    Performer:  Shelley Gruskin,  Frans Brüggen,  Wieland Kuijken,  Gustav Leonhardt  ... 
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    Couperin: Concerts Royaux No 1-4 / Kuijken, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 60370 Release Date: 05/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Wieland Kuijken,  Barthold Kuijken,  Jürg Schaeftlein,  Milan Turkovic  ... 
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    Holnd Fstvl - A Dutch Miracle - Fifty Years - 1947-1997
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 6900 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Rudolf Escher,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Renato Capecchi,  Teresa Berganza,  Giulietta Simionato,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  George Szell,  Jean Fournet,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Danzi Woodwind Quintet  ... 
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    Corelli: Sonatas Op. 5 No 7 - 12 / Brüggen, Bylsma, Leonhardt
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61786 Release Date: 05/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Frans Brüggen
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  • 11.
    Bach 2000 Vol 136 - Harpsichord Concertos / Leonhardt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 81219 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jeannette Van Wingerden,  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort
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  • 12.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Vol 1 / Gustav Leonhardt, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 61814 Release Date: 09/03/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Wiel Peeters,  Wieland Kuijken,  Anthony Woodrow  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Vol 2 / Gustav Leonhardt, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 61815 Release Date: 09/03/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Adelheid Glatt,  Wieland Kuijken,  Lucy Van Dael  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
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    Handel: The Complete Wind Sonatas / Bruggen, Haynes, Lange
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 60100 Release Date: 02/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Bob van Asperen,  Hansjürg Lange,  Bruce Haynes,  Anner Bylsma  ... 
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    Telemann: 12 Sonate Metodiche / Leonhardt, Bylsma, De Vries, Bruggen
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 63182 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Wouter Möller,  Bob van Asperen,  Han de Vries,  Laura Jeppesen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Museum Trio
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    Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos / Leonhardt, Bruggen, Kuijken, Bylsma
    Label: Sony Classical Seon   Catalog: 62946 Release Date: 06/03/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Janneke Van der Meer,  Lucy Van Dael,  Wiel Peeters,  Marleen Thiers  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort
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    Bach: Harpsichord Concertos / Leonhardt, Leonhardt-consort
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 97452 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort
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