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Han de Vries is a multi-talented artist: not only is he a remarkable and world-famous oboist, he also is a very good painter and graphic artist. In 1964 he took over Haakon Stotijns position as first oboist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, a position he occupied for seven years. He gave it up to be able to concentrate fully on a solo career, which he combined with a place in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra that gave him a free rein for his solo work. He was from the very beginning a member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble (1960-70) and later also of the Danzi Wind Quintet (in 1973), which not only performed ultramodern pieces but also started playing on historic instruments. Flautists Frans Vester and Frans Brüggen stimulated him to
play the baroque oboe next to the modern one. This eventually resulted in several recordings on the baroque oboe.
Han de Vries is generally considered as one of the outstanding and most fascinating exponents of the Dutch school of oboe playing, which is characterized by a lean, melodious, flexible and open sound and emphasis on musicality instead of technique.
De Vries himself made the tracklisting for these 2CDs - one with Concertos, one with Chamber Music - ranging from his earliest gramophone recordings like the Marcello Concerto up till the Sonate for oboe and piano by Poulenc.
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