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Whatever happened to Fritz Brun?


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Gauk
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« on: January 13, 2019, 04:53:33 pm »

I was in hospital in July 2015 and started listening to the symphonies of Fritz Brun in the cycle by the Moscow SO cond. Adriano, on the Guild label, which I could access on Spotify via my can't-tell-you. I always meant to go back and listen again, but I find that not only are the CDs no longer in the Guild catalogue, they have all been pulled from Spotify. That surprised me - I always assumed that Spotify only ever added things, not removed them. At least some of them have been ripped onto YT, so the performances are not completely lost. These are significant works in the post-Bruckner manner.

It looks like the third (on Sterling) is the only one of the cycle currently available.
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2019, 05:03:56 pm »

These recordings will be re-released as a CD box by Brilliant Classics in April as Adriano pointed out in a discussion on the Unsung Composers forum. So no need to worry in a few months these powerful works should be available again.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 06:29:34 pm »

I bought all the Brun symphonies on Guild whilst they were available from that company Smiley

I agree that they are powerful works although their somewhat sprawling nature makes them a little difficult to come to terms with I found.

Well, well.....so Unsung Composers is still going is it Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2019, 06:47:33 pm »

I bought all the Brun symphonies on Guild whilst they were available from that company Smiley

So did I! Actually I bought most of the discs as soon as they appeared on the market.

I agree that they are powerful works although their somewhat sprawling nature makes them a little difficult to come to terms with I found.

Well, well.....so Unsung Composers is still going is it Roll Eyes

Brun's symphonies are perhaps not really an easy listen, they do have their edges and Brun's language is somewhat "knotty" in general, but I have always immensely enjoyed them, possibly (up to some degree) right because of the peculiarities I just mentioned. Maybe the Seventh is a good start with its journey from the initial "Nachklang" movement on to the stormy and massive finale which is full of conflict, though leading to an optimist and vigorous conclusion. I also like the last two symphonies a lot. Adriano, as far as I remember, called the last one a kind of "Spring Symphony". I think I agree but would maybe tend to add it's early spring which I hear in the music, when nights are still cold and everything is still a bit restrained.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2019, 07:41:49 pm »

That's good news!
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2019, 05:39:58 am »

I listened to Brun's Symphony No. on Youtube today It is the craziest symphony I have ever listened to (not in a good way), it sounds like it was written by a committee: no consistency or general style at all, and seemingly completely new material every section.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2019, 08:18:10 am »

For me, his cycle of symphonies had no real staying power..and I did spend a lot of time listening to all of them, hoping they would float my boat. Perhaps my expectations were too high, so listen with lowered ones. The music was pleasurable but certainly not top shelf for me.
I will try again soon..
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