The Dutch musician co-founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
Dutch conductor and period music specialist Frans Brüggen died yesterday at the age of 79. The Amsterdam native was a noted recorder player and Baroque flautist, who conducted such leading orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw.
He co-founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century – a period group specialising in performances on authentic instruments – in 1981, and served as its chief conductor, making a number of recordings. He was also emeritus conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and director of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra from 1991 to 1994.