VICTOR BRUNS (1904-1996)

Chamber Music For Woodwinds
Mathias Baier · Alexander Voigt · Berthold Große · Sung Kwon You · Soloists of Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

2CD-Set · C5327 PC: 21 845221053271

CD 1:
5 Pieces for bassoon and piano op. 12
(World Premiere Recording) · Wind Quintet op. 16 · 6 Pieces for contrabassoon and piano op. 80 · Sonata for bassoon and piano op. 20
CD 2:
Little Suite no. 3 for 3 bassoons and contrabassoon op. 92 · Sonata for bassoon and piano no. 3 op. 86 · Quartet for woodwinds op. 18 · Sonata for bassoon and piano no. 2 op. 45 · 4 virtuoso pieces for bassoon solo op. 93
Victor Bruns, born 1904 in Ollila in today’s Finland, wrote over 20 solo concertos, 50 chamber pieces and several ballet works. Bruns discovered the bassoon as his true vocation and moved to the Leningrad Conservatory in 1924, until he became bassoonist at Leningrad State Opera in 1927. Bruns completed his studies in composition with Vladimir Shtsherbatshov beside his work in the orchestra and he continued his compositional studies in 1946 with Boris Blacher. He worked as bassoonist of the Staatskapelle Berlin from 1946 until his retirement in 1969 and became a frequently performed composer, popular among musicians and audience alike far beyond the borders of the German Democratic Republic, whose works continue to deserve our attention. In 1960, Victor Bruns was awarded the Art Prize of the German Democratic Republic. In 1971, he was appointed an honorary member of the Berlin State Orchestra, and 20 years later the International Double Reed Society in the USA made him an honorary member.

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