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Symphonies 1, 2, 3

Brun's Symphonies recorded by Adriano

The conductor Adriano has just finished recording Brun’s Eighth Symphony with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. He considers it perhaps one of his best recordings and not only as far as Brun is concerned.

"We have managed an incredibly tempered and well-sounding interpretation. You will hear what a different approach is mine, compared to the (historical – excellent) one conducted by the composer."

The composer's historical recording is also on Guild (review).

The work will be coupled with three songs by Othmar Schoeck, orchestrated by Brun.

This means that Adriano has completed the recorded cycle of all ten of Brun's Symphonies. The CD with his Second Symphony (coupled with a powerful Symphonic Prologue) will be issued in March-April 2015 – and the Eighth towards the year-end.

In August Adriano will record his last Brun CD. This will mean that he has recorded ALL of Brun's orchestral works - see here for an article on the project. That disc will include the Cello Concerto, two works for chorus and orchestra and a song-cycle arranged by Adriano for string sextet.

Adriano mentions that he has arranged  a cycle of piano songs by Schoeck and by Wolf (all their "Peregrina" settings) into a single cycle for baritone and string quartet. This has been performed in public twice already. He is on the look-out for an English baritone perform it. "Schoeck was a more talented vocal than symphonic composer. He and Brun were close friends during many years. In the liner notes of the forthcoming CD with Brun’s Second Symphony there will be an extended article about Schoeck and Brun, since this Symphony is dedicated to Schoeck. It was composed at the same time as Schoeck’s Violin Concerto."

Sessions photographs by Michaela Birosova, Bratislava.

MusicWeb International reviews of Brun's music conducted by Adriano
Symphony 1
Symphony 2 - to be released
Symphony 3
Symphony 4 - to be reviewed
Symphony 5
Symphony 6
Symphony 7
Symphony 8 - to be released
Symphony 9
Symphony 10

Piano Concerto
Cello Concerto - to be released.

All the above are on Guild except the Sterling CD of Symphony No. 3.

Adriano’s „Obscure Saraband“, a composition inspired by an episode from Brulgakov’s „Master and Margarita“

FRITZ BRUN (1878-1959) – Complete orchestral works on 10 CDs
1. Symphonie Nr. 1
Ouvertüre für eine Jubiläumsfeier
Guild GMCD 7395 (rec. 2012)*

2. Symphonie Nr. 2
Symphonischer Prolog für Orchester
Guild GMCD 7416 (rec. 2014, to be issued in March 2015)*

3. Symphonie Nr. 3
Sterling CDS-1059-2 (rec. 2003)*

4. Symphonie Nr. 4
Rhapsodie für Orchester
Guild GMCD 7411 (rec. 2013/2008)*

5. Symphonien Nr. 5 & 10
Guild GMCD 7320 (rec. 2006/2007)*

6. Symphonien Nr. 6 & 7
Guild GMCD 7372 (rec. 2008/2010)*

7. Symphonie Nr. 8
Drei Lieder von Othmar Schoeck (instr. Brun)
(Recorded in January 2915)**

8. Symphonie Nr. 9
Aus dem Buch Hiob
Guild GMCD 7306 (rec. 2004)*

9. Konzert für Klavier und Orchester
Variationen für Streichorchester und Klavier
Divertimento für Klavier und Streicher
Guild GMCD 7409 (rec. 2013)**

10. Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester
Verheissung (für gemischter Chor und Orchester)
Grenzen der Menschheit (für Männerchor und Orchester)
Fünf Lieder für Alt (instr. Adriano)
(To be recorded in August 2015)**
* Moscow Symphony Orchestra
** Bratislava Symphony Orchestra

Read Adriano’s complete discography on