Frans Brüggen
Last updated: 16.05.17
rpbrueggen.jpgThis very youthful photo of Frans Brüggen is inexpertly scanned from a November 1966 issue of the "Recorder and Music Magazine", the accredited photographer being Eddy de Jongh. This issue also has a fascinating article by Frans Brüggen on "Gesti" by Luciano Berio prior to the premier of this work in Britain at Wigmore Hall, London on 07.12.1966. (I, personally, had to wait until 1982 before finally hearing it on a Michala Petri NDR broadcast).
I have seen Frans Brüggen twice in the flesh. The first occasion was on 19.10.1981 at Haus Delme in Delmenhorst, North Germany where he gave a brilliant virtuoso performance. I was absolutely fascinated at the spectacle of this very tall man and his huge hands performing acoustic miracles on the sopranino. I have lost my notes of that evening and unfortunately do not recall his programme. At that time I was just starting my musical apprenticeship as the leader of a youth recorder group, the The Schwanewede Recorder Consort, so I was particularly amused to note that his posture was completely at odds with that given by Carl Dolmetsch in his tutor. He played sitting, cross-legged with rounded shoulders hunched over his instruments - not exactly the ideal for youthful beginners - but as the saying goes, exceptions are needed to prove the rule.
The second occasion was a few weeks later together with my young ladies from the Schwanewede Recorder Consort on 14.12.1981, this time as conductor of his "18th-Century Orchestra". Here he gave a wonderful concert of standard works by J.S. Bach, G.P. Telemann, C.P.E. Bach and J. Haydn somewhat to the disappointment of my youthful companions who had hoped to hear more virtuoso recorder music.
I have just one recording by Frans Brüggen in my personal collection and that is:
  • Teldec: Das alte Werk 6.41357 AH, Blockflötenwerke des Barock Vol. 1
    (1) Konzert c-moll für Blockflöte (in f) für Streicher und Basso continuo von Antonio Vivaldi
    (2) Variationen über "La Follia" für Blockflöte (in f) und Basso continuo von Arcangelo Corelli
    (3) Dances and Airs a 5 von Anthony Holborne
    (4) Variationen über "Doen Daphne d'over schoone maeght" für Blockflöte (in c) von Jacob van Eyck
    (5) Sonate c-moll für Blockflöte (in f) und Basso continuo von Jean Baptiste Loeillet [de Gant].

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cd15.gif Couperin: Concerts Royaux no 1-4 / Kuijken, et al   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
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cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 02 Italian Recorder Sonatas   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 03 (Englische Ensemblemusik)   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 04 (Early Baroque Recorder Music)   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 05 (Kammermusik des Spätbarocks)   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 06 (Französische Blockflötensuiten   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 07 (Französische Blockflötensonate)   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 08 (Vivaldi: Concerti)   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 09 (Händel: Blockflötensonaten)   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 10 (Telemann: Concerti)   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 11 (Bach: Kammermusik und Orch.)   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vol. 12   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Frans Brüggen Edition Vols. 1-12   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Handel: The Complete Wind Sonatas   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Hotteterre: Complete Wind Music   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Le Charme de la Flûte à bec   flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Leclair/Naudot-Concertos   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Rameau-Keyboard Works   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Recorder Concerti   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Seon - Corelli (Sonaten)   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Telemann: Darmstadt Overtures   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Telemann: Orchestral Works   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Telemann: Recorder Sonatas & Fantasias   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Vivaldi: Flute Concerti, Op.10   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Venice Music with Wiener Blockflötenensemble flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif