Carl August Buente (1925-2018)

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Carl August Buente (1925-2018)
The conductor, Carl August Buente passed away in Germany on June 6, 2018. Throughout his career, Buente was a strong advocate for the music of Anton Bruckner and performed his works with orchestras in Germany and abroad. Several of his Bruckner recordings have survived and are in the Bruckner Archive (Symphonies 3, 4, 7, and 8). One recording of the Bruckner 7th was released commercially on the Bella Musica label in Germany. They can also been auditioned on YouTube.

A complete list of his Bruckner performances can be seen here.

The following was translated from German Wikopedia:

Carl August Bünte was born in 1925, the son of Charles Bünte . He studied from 1946 to 1949 in the master class with Sergiu Celibidache at the International Music Institute Berlin (a predecessor of the Berlin University of the Arts) and conducting and composition with Paul Höffer. Bünte was principal conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra from 1949 to 1967 - as long as this symphony orchestra existed in Berlin (West). This orchestra performed up to 60 concerts a year, both inside and outside Berlin, and frequently performed in the Hamburger Musikhalle and in Oldenburg, Hanover, Hildesheim, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Speyer, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Bremen and Munich . He was also led the orchestra during the Berliner Festwochen.

Bünte was also chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Berlin (SOB). It had emerged in 1967 from the union of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra with the former German Symphony Orchestra . In 1973, Bünte ended his activities there at his own request to continue his career in other European countries and in Japan and South America.

After 1978, Bünte spent several years as a visiting professor of conducting and orchestral conducting at the State University of Fine Arts and Music Tokyo / Japan. Bünte conducted as a guest in Japan (14 orchestras), England, Sweden, Denmark, France, Austria, Greece, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.

In the Federal Republic of Germany Bünte conducted 19 orchestras as guest, among them the Berliner and the Münchner Philharmoniker. From 1987 to 1999 Bünte worked at the University of the Arts Berlin as a university professor for conducting.

Bünte was awarded the Critics' Prize in the Music Division in 1962 , awarded by the Association of German Critics. u. a. For "his work with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra [...] in particular through his interpretation of the works of Beethoven and Bruckner, he has proved that he knows how to awaken the spirit of these works. Today, Carl August Bünte is a conductor personality firmly rooted in Berlin's musical life. "In 1982, Bünte was named Honorary Dean of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra Osaka / Japan and in 1982 Honorary Professor of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Appointed Honorary Professor of the Berlin University of the Arts on January 12, 1998.