An appealing Larghetto section introduces the listener to the Cimarosa Oboe Concerto which has been brilliantly arranged for modern performance by the Australian-born composer, Arthur Benjamin. The Larghetto leads into an Allegro which makes a delightful reference to the Italian opera buffa; this is followed by a Siciliano whose lovingly-drawn solo line soars over the insistent dotted rhythm that characterizes that graceful dance form. The Concerto ends with an ‘Allegro giusto’ whose perky repeated notes add to the exuberant mood of the music. Here elegance and style are combined, literally with Baroque echoes, to heart-warming effect.
from notes by Peter Lamb © 1999