As a flute soloist, he was equally at home in performances of the Baroque masters and contemporary avant-garde composers. He also gave informative lectures and illustrative performances of recorder music in Europe. In 1981, he founded the Orchestra of the 18th Century, which consists of some 60 members from 22 different countries. He conducted the orchestra he conducted with fine success on both sides of the Atlantic. Three or four times a year the orchestra assembles to go on tour. The musicians, who are all specialists in 18th and early 19th century music, play on period instruments, or on contemporary copies thereof.
The wide-ranging repertoire this orchestra has recorded for Philips Classics includes works by Purcell, Bach, Rameau, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert & Mendelssohn. Many of their recordings have received international awards. Frans Brüggen also was artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra in Hilversum from 1991 to 1994, and joint principal guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London from 1992. In addition, his conducting activities in recent years have included engagements with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, the Stockholm Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra. In August 1991, Brüggen made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in two concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, while his return visits to the Festival included a highly-praised series of concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra. In October 1992 Frans Brüggen, together with Simon Rattle, became the principal guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom he is currently recording works by J.S.
Bach and Haydn for Philips Classics. Starting in 1998 he is, together with Christoph von Dohnànyi, principle guest conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. Recent operatic engagements included Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponte in Zürich and Gluck's Orfeo with the Opéra de Lyon. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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