Leslie Odom, oboe

Soomee Yoon, piano




Leslie Odom’s debut solo Ravello Records album, SCENE RUSTIQUE, introduces rarely-performed solo works for oboe by five female composers of the twentieth century. The pieces range from light, vernacular-inspired dance pieces to neo-classical and neo-romantic works. The selections showcase the many abilities of the oboe from lush, lyrical melodies full of romance and interpretation, to more playful technical passages filled with syncopation and chromaticism.


Dranishnikova’s Poème was written in 1953 for V.M. Kurlin, the solo oboist of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. This piece represents a tragic love affair through its smooth, yet somber melodic lines, featuring more complex passages of agitation. The late-romantic work Poème presents extreme musical elements including a constant changing meter, key signature, and intense syncopation between the oboe and piano.


Chrétien’s Scene Rustique showcases variations of a four-note figure that develops more and more through ornamentation, and rapid key and tempo changes. The main theme of the piece is a Mozart-like pastoral melody then comes into play in the second section and is that instantly interposed by an episode of variations of the original four-note figure. The piece climaxes with a presto section pushed by a vibrant piano solo, culminating with an abrupt interruption by the pastoral melodic theme.




Dr. Leslie Odom is the Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Florida

Dr. Odom received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Butler University; her Master of Music in Music Theory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music. During her doctoral work, she received the coveted Performer’s Certificate

Dr. Odom is an active performer in Europe, South America, and Canada. She attended both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, was a Guest Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and most recently was the Guest Artist in Residence at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina


Dr. Soomee Yoon is currently the visiting professor of piano at Gachon University and a faculty member at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea

Dr. Soomee Yoon received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas and later completed her post-graduate training in Collaborative Piano from Boston University



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Release Date June 10, 2016

Catalog #:RR7935





Leslie Odom oboe  Soomee Yoon piano


Hedwige Chrétien

1 Scene Rustique

Mary Chandler


Three Dance Studies for Oboe and Piano

2 I. Habanera

3 II. Valse Sentimentale

4 III. Magyar


Marina Drankishnikova

5 PoÉme (written in 1953)


Gloria Wilson Swisher


6 I. Obeisance

7 II. Fanfare

8 III. Starburst


Madeleine Dring

9 Danza Gaya


10 Italian Dance




Recorded July 27, 2004 at Trinity United Methodist Church

in Gainesville FL

Engineer William Beckett


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Brandon MacNeil

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Editing, Mixing & Mastering Andy Happel

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Morgan MacLeod






Ravello Records is the contemporary classical label imprint of audio production house PARMA Recordings. Dedicated to highlighting forward thinking composers and musicians from around the world, the New England-based label's eclectic catalog offers listeners a cross-section of today's up-and-coming innovators in orchestral, chamber, and experimental music.

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