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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Bart Schneemann laat met deze cd zowel een document als een juweeltje zien (…) Brabants Dagblad
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 (…) Klassik.com
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 Heute.de
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
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
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
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