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Lebrun: Six Oboe Concertos / Indermühle, Et Al


Release Date: 01/22/2008 
Label:  Camerata Records   Catalog #: 20066/67   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig August Lebrun
Performer:  Thomas Indermühle
Conductor:  Toomas Vavilov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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LEBRUN Oboe Concertos: No. 1 in d; No. 2 in g; No. 3 in D; No. 4 in C; No. 5 in C; No. 6 in F Thomas Indermühle (ob); Toomas Vavilov, cond; Estonian Natl SO CAMERATA 20066 (2 CDs: 111:27)


Like his friend, Wolfgang Mozart, Ludwig August Lebrun (1752–1790) was a prodigy. He also toured and concertized extensively, composed music for his own use, married an opera singer, and died before he reached the age of 40. At the tender age of 12, Lebrun joined his father as an oboist in the Mannheim Orchestra, then Read more indisputably the finest in the Western world. Three years later he became a full court musician, soon to embark on a short, but brilliant career. He is credited with expanding the capabilities of the oboe and extending its upper range; Indermühle thinks that he may have used circular breathing. As a traveling virtuoso, Lebrun wrote music that exploited his instrument and demonstrated his extraordinary skills. As a composer, Lebrun created works that were far more consequential than mere show pieces. His concertos reveal a rewarding musical sophistication and a lyrical sensitivity that Indermühle attributes, at least in part, to Lebrun’s collaboration with his wife, Franziska, a celebrated diva, with whom he toured and performed. (Franziska—sister of the composer Franz Danzi—sang at the inauguration of La Scala, Milan. She, too, died too young, aged 35, shortly after Ludwig’s demise.) While it might be unfair to compare Lebrun’s concertos with Mozart’s ethereal Clarinet Concerto, they stand up well beside his Oboe Concerto. Indeed, for oboephiles the Lebrun concertos have an obvious advantage—there are six of them to Mozart’s one.


Indermühle affords Lebrun’s concertos the respect they deserve, with exquisitely shaped, consistently beguiling playing. One can scarcely imagine better performances, though there is an equally compelling set by Indermühle’s mentor, Heinz Holliger, whose groundbreaking Archiv recording of the six concertos with Camerata Bern has been the unchallenged benchmark since its release a quarter century ago. Originally issued on two LPs, it is now available in a two-CD Archiv Blue set. Archiv has a couple of extraneous factors in its favor—Blue’s bargain price and the inclusion of the Mozart concerto—and Archiv’s sound yields little to Camerata’s fresh, current sonics. Holliger, in top form, playing with the home team (both he and Indermühle are Swiss), is hard to top, but Indermühle’s new version is a worthy alternative and earns a most enthusiastic recommendation.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Oboe no 1 in D minor [André Edition, 1804] by Ludwig August Lebrun
Performer:  Thomas Indermühle (Oboe)
Conductor:  Toomas Vavilov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Offenbach, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe no 2 in G minor [André Edition, 1804] by Ludwig August Lebrun
Performer:  Thomas Indermühle (Oboe)
Conductor:  Toomas Vavilov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Offenbach, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe no 3 in C major [André Edition, 1804]: 1st movement, Allegro by Ludwig August Lebrun
Performer:  Thomas Indermühle (Oboe)
Conductor:  Toomas Vavilov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Offenbach, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe no 3 in C major [André Edition, 1804]: 2nd movement, Adagio by Ludwig August Lebrun
Performer:  Thomas Indermühle (Oboe)
Conductor:  Toomas Vavilov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Offenbach, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Oboe no 3 in C major [André Edition, 1804]: 3rd movement, Allegretto-Allegro by Ludwig August Lebrun
Performer:  Thomas Indermühle (Oboe)
Conductor:  Toomas Vavilov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Offenbach, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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