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Oboe Concertos

Bart Schneemann


SKU: 21404

Year of release: 2004

Concerto Nr. 3 In C Major 20:34
1. Allegro Lebrun 09:31
2. Adiago Lebrun 04:31
3. Rondo Allegretto Lebrun 06:31
Concerto Nr. 6 In F Major 21:07
4. Allegro Lebrun 09:37
5. Adagio Grazioso Lebrun 05:21
6. Rondo Allegro Lebrun 06:08
Concerto Nr. 5 in C Major 23:22
7. Grave-Allegro Lebrun 10:46
8. Adiagio Lebrun 05:57
9. Rondo Allegro Lebrun 06:38
Encore 06:59
10. Ludwig Von Beethoven Largo From Oboe Concerto In F Major (Hess 12) Lebrun 06:59
Total time: 72:04

About this album

Lebrun is a good example: at the age of 12 he was introduced by his father,
Jacob Alexander Lebrun, the Belgian solo oboist of the Mannheim Orchestra (the Berlin Philharmonic of the 18th century)
as a ‘student oboist’. In a few years he became the ‘Michael Jackson’ of the oboe in Europe: young, virtuosic, and
innovative. He stole the hearts of his audiences in all the great musical capitals
of Europe. The oboist Anton Fladt, his critic and colleague, described him in this
way: “one of the greatest musical geniuses that I have ever encountered is
Lebrun: young in years but a full grown man in his art. He has achieved the
summit of perfection with his oboe. His ornamentation, his compositional innovations,
and his cadenzas are inimitable. He conquers his instrument’s every
difficulty, plays simple or difficult works, evokes emotional turmoil and warmth of
feeling, plays his own compositions but also those of other composers, and, in a
word, is an exceptionally rare spirit!”
Lebrun apparently had a tone that could ‘open your ears’, he had a technical
facility which enabled him to execute feats hitherto considered impossible, and
above all: he himself wrote the concerti which gave him an outlet for all of those
talents. Free of the pretense which would have held him back from writing music
that was designed to impress posterity, he was also free to experiment with the
current styles of composition

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American Record Guide

Warm, spacious, pleasantly reverberant, and with nice depth. (...) (...) The orchestra playing is very fine indeed. A must-have release. American Record Guide

Die Interpreten musizieren 'galant' ohne bertreibungen hinsichtlich Tempo und Artikulation. Bewundernswert ist die Leichtigkeit und Grazie, die Schneemann der Oboenpartie gibt. Die Kadenzen sind teilweise von berbordender Virtuositt (...)

International Record Review

Of the previous concertos I wrote: - Schneemann plays them with superb grace and fine technique and de Vriends accompaniments are thoroughly stylish and supportive. I am very happy to recapitulate that verdict. Recommended International Record Review


de speurtocht van Bart Schneemann naar solo-repertoire voor zijn instrument heeft geresulteerd in muziek van de vrijwel vergeten componist August Lebrun. De ranke, virtuoos-beweeglijke hobo toon en de warm-glanzende opnameklank staan deze allerplezierigste concerten heel goed. Luister


Elegant schwingt der Solist sich durch alle Lagen, punktgenau differenziert er seine Artikulation und Phrasierung, auf sehr ansprechende Weise verleiht er den Melodien eine innige Expressivitt. Das Orchester begleitet mit derselben Liebe zum Detail (...) Klassik

Brabants Dagblad

Bart Schneemann laat met deze cd zowel een document als een juweeltje zien (...) Brabants Dagblad

The Absolute Sound

Schneemann makes a great case for the composer; this is what Lebrun himself must have sounded like. His tone is sweetly expressive and effortlessly produced from top to bottom. He artfully inflects melodic lines, and his technique is faultless. (...) The Absolute Sound

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudio Lab
Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording LocationMCO studio Hilversum Holland
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoe[s
Mastering EquipmentB+W 803 Diamond
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner DSD AD/DA
Cablesvan den Hul