Fritz Brun: Complete Orchestral Works

Composer Fritz Brun
Artist Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
Adriano conductor
Format 11 CD
Cat. number 95784
EAN code 5028421957845
Release May 2019

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In this release, the prominent conductor Adriano with help from the world renowned Bratislava and Moscow Symphony Orchestras, among others, draws together the first complete series of orchestral works by Swiss composer Fritz Brun (1878 –1959). This set sheds light on the little-known composer’s repertoire, from the rhapsodies, the concertos, to ten sweeping symphonies.

Brun grew up in Lucerne and his time active as a composer coincided with a period of high creative output of Swiss music. Brun’s repertoire sits alongside other native composers such as Honegger, Schoeck and Bloch. The crowded market, combined with the struggle to find a publisher (only three out of his ten symphonies were published in his lifetime) offers one indication as to why Brun’s works failed to reach the mainstream public. While not a household name, Brun is often touted as the Swiss answer to Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar. Brun’s works have a nostalgic touch; they draw on the Romantic and Classical eras in their emotional sincerity and defined forms, but always with a modern flavour.

The first CD opens with the bold staccato chords of Symphony No.1, reminiscent of late Beethoven, while Symphony No.2 has a lighter feel, as the composer paints an image of youth, love, heartbreak and the beauty of nature with rich harmonies inspired by Brahms and expressive Schumann-inspired fanfares. This set showcases Brun’s works as a fascinating collage of cross-historical and cross-cultural encounters.

After graduating from the Cologne conservatoire, Brun worked in Berlin, London and Dortmund where he took up various music posts. His music reflects his European travels and unites diverse inspirations from different countries and eras as equals on his musical plane. Modernist influences are skilfully interwoven into his compositions, the scherzo movements for example, draw on Stravinsky in their timbre and rhythms and Symphony No.5 liberally experiments with tonality. However, similar to his English counterparts, his music remains rooted in his homeland. Symphony No.3 is inspired by the Alps and it is his best known work, made particularly famous for its use of Italian-Swiss folk melodies. In his later life, Brun returned to Switzerland, where he served as director of the Berne Music Society until his retirement in 1941. The final bonus disc features historical recordings, in particular, the celebrated Paul Sacher (1906–1999) brings his interpretation of Variations for string orchestra and piano, and Brun conducts his own Symphony No.8.

This unique set of recordings is the result of over a decade of perseverance by Adriano to share these hidden gems with a 21st-century audience and bring Fritz Brun the recognition he so rightly deserves.

Fritz Brun (1878-1959) was one of the most important Swiss composers of the 20th century. He studied in Köln, Germany, and one of his most influential teachers was Willem Mengelberg. He held various jobs in Germany and London, but settled in his native Switzerland to become a conductor and teacher.
Brun’s musical style has its foundation in Beethoven and Brahms, but also Richard Strauss and Wagner. His orchestral works, based on solid Classicism, abound in long and sweeping melodies, rich harmonies and brilliant orchestrations. Included are his 10 symphonies, the piano concerto and cello concerto, overture and symphonic poems.
This set brings together the recordings that conductor Adriano made with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and which were previously issued on several labels.
A worthy tribute to a great Swiss Symphonist!

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 1 in B Minor: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 1 in B Minor: II. Adagio non troppo
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 1 in B Minor: III. Allegro energico – Andante molto sostenuto – Poco più mosso
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 1 in B Minor: IV. Allegro con brio
  5. Fritz Brun: Ouvertüre zu einer Jubiläumsfeier: I. Largo –Vivace

Disk 2

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 2 in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 2 in B-Flat Major: II. Allegro appassionato
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 2 in B-Flat Major: III. Adagio sostenuto
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 2 in B-Flat Major: IV. Non troppo vivace
  5. Fritz Brun: Symphonischer Prolog: I. Lento - Allegro con brio

Disk 3

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: I. Allegro molto moderato, ma agitato II. Variationen über ein altes tessinisches Drei-Königslied
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: Thema. Tranquillo
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: Var. 1. Andante sostenuto
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: Var. 2. Poco più mosso
  5. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: Var. 3. Alla marcia
  6. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: Var. 4. Presto
  7. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: Var. 5. Sostenuto
  8. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: Var. 6. Adagio affettuoso
  9. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 3 in D Minor: III. Allegro non troppo

Disk 4

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 4 in E Minor: I. Poco mosso, con tranquillità
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 4 in E Minor: II. Mosso, con rabbia – Adagio sostenuto – Tempo I
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 4 in E Minor: III. Andante – Allegro energico – Tranquillo – Wuchtig
  4. Fritz Brun: Rhapsodie für Orchester: I. Andante – Mosso – Allegro moderato – Mosso

Disk 5

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 5 in E-Flat Major: I. Chaconne
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 5 in E-Flat Major: II. Gehetzt, phantastisch
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 5 in E-Flat Major: III. Langsam
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 5 in E-Flat Major: IV. Rasch und wütend
  5. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 10 in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro non troppo
  6. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 10 in B-Flat Major: II. Mosso
  7. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 10 in B-Flat Major: III. Adagio
  8. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 10 in B-Flat Major: IV. Vivace

Disk 6

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 6 in C Major: I. Praeludium. Poco andante
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 6 in C Major: II. Mosso, non troppo – Lento – Tempo I
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 6 in C Major: III. Andante amabile, quasi allegretto
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 6 in C Major: IV. Tema con variazioni
  5. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 7 D Major: I. Nachklang. Andante tranquillo
  6. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 7 D Major: II. Vivace
  7. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 7 D Major: III. Intermezzo. Andante con grazia
  8. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 7 D Major: IV. Allegro

Disk 7

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: I. Allegro vivace
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: II. Andante
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: III. Notturno. Andante comodo
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: IV. Allegro non troppo
  5. Othmar Schoeck: 3 Lieder: I. Auf meines Kindes Tod
  6. Othmar Schoeck: 3 Lieder: II. Die drei Zigeuner
  7. Othmar Schoeck: 3 Lieder: III. Jugendgedenken

Disk 8

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 9 in F Major: I. Vorspiel. Vivace
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 9 in F Major: II. Serenade. Allegretto comodo
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 9 in F Major: III. Liebesruf. Andante sostenuto
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 9 in F Major: IV. Im Kreis der Freunde. Allegro
  5. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 9 in F Major: V. Glaube und Zweifel – Lob Gottes und der Natur. Andante
  6. Fritz Brun: Aus dem Buch Hiob

Disk 9

  1. Fritz Brun: Konzert für Klavier & Orchester in A Major: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Fritz Brun: Konzert für Klavier & Orchester in A Major: II. Andante sostenuto —
  3. Fritz Brun: Konzert für Klavier & Orchester in A Major: III. Allegro
  4. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: I. Thema. Andante tranquillo
  5. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: II. Andante tranquillo
  6. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: III. Poco più mosso
  7. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: IV. Lo stesso tempo
  8. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: V. Mosso
  9. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: VI. Die Viertel etwas ruhiger als vorher
  10. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: VII. Vivace
  11. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: VIII. Largo
  12. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier: IX. Allegro
  13. Fritz Brun: Divertimento für Klavier & Streicher

Disk 10

  1. Fritz Brun: Konzert für Violoncello & Orchester in D Minor: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Fritz Brun: Konzert für Violoncello & Orchester in D Minor: II. Andante sostenuto, con sentiment
  3. Fritz Brun: Konzert für Violoncello & Orchester in D Minor: III. Allegro animato
  4. Fritz Brun: Verheissung
  5. Fritz Brun: Grenzen der Menschheit
  6. Fritz Brun: 5 Lieder für eine Altstimme & Klavier: I. Lebensgenuss
  7. Fritz Brun: 5 Lieder für eine Altstimme & Klavier: II. Die Entschlafenen
  8. Fritz Brun: 5 Lieder für eine Altstimme & Klavier: III. Abendständchen
  9. Fritz Brun: 5 Lieder für eine Altstimme & Klavier: IV. Es wehet kühl und leise
  10. Fritz Brun: 5 Lieder für eine Altstimme & Klavier: V. Der Wunsch

Disk 11

  1. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: I. Allegro vivace
  2. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: II. Andante
  3. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: III. Notturno. Andante comodo
  4. Fritz Brun: Symphonie Nr. 8 in A Major: IV. Allegro non troppo
  5. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: I. Thema. Andante tranquillo
  6. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: II. Andante tranquillo
  7. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: III. Poco più mosso
  8. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: IV. Lo stesso tempo
  9. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: V. Mosso
  10. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: VI. Die Viertel etwas ruhiger als vorher
  11. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: VII. Vivace
  12. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: VIII. Largo
  13. Fritz Brun: Variationen für Streichorchester & Klavier über ein eigenes Thema: IX. Allegro