Domenico Cimarosa

Oboe Concerto in C major/C minor

    Description by Rita Laurance

    This oboe concerto is a conglomeration of four keyboard sonatas by Domenico Cimarosa. The individual sonatas are one movement long in length, and are each complete pieces. However, they can be grouped into larger units to musical advantage. In 1949, Arthur Benjamin took four of his favorite keyboard sonatas of Cimarosa and combined them into the larger concerto form. He rewrote the pieces, scoring them for oboe and string orchestra, keeping most of the melody in the solo voice. Cimarosa is mainly known for his scintillating operas, which are generally of a comic nature. His orchestral writing shimmers with transparent harmonies and lively rhythms. But in the year 1787, he took up the post of composer in residence to Catherine II of Russia. At the time, Russia's coffers were not overly plentiful, and the amount of money the Empress was willing to spend on opera dwindled with each season. Cimarosa took to composing instrumental music to pass the time. Among his instrumental works composed in Russia are a group of thirty-two keyboard sonatas after the style of Domenico Scarlatti. The concerto is made up of Sonatas 23, 24, 29, and 31.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Introduzione
    2. Allegro
    3. Siciliana
    4. Allegro giusto

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2013 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 EMI Classics
    2011 Decca
    2010 Decca
    2006 Cascavelle 3086
    2003 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 40288
    2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 40182
    2002 Carus 83114
    2000 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4696752
    2000 Sonora 22573
    1999 Hyperion 55034
    1999 Intim Musik 059
    1999 DG Deutsche Grammophon 463455
    1999 Naxos 553991
    1998 Nimbus NI1757
    1997 Naxos 553433
    1997 Pearl 9281
    1997 Dutton Laboratories CDSJB1009
    1995 Amati 9103
    1995 Gallo 129
    1995 Gallo 696
    1993 Erato 4509-92130-2
    Disques Pierre Verany 730064
    Potenza 1001
    Music For Ever 103
    Vanguard 84
    Verdi Music 32251
    Nimbus 5188