Oboe Concerto

Antonio Vivaldi

Oboe Concerto in D major


About this work

This D major work has much to offer the listener in its delightful, lively outer movements and attractive central Largo. It is not a lengthy concerto, the two allegro panels clocking in at around three minutes each and the slow movement lasting a minute less than either. The work is one of Vivaldi's more widely performed oboe concertos, not as popular as, say, the Concerto for oboe in A minor (RV 461) or the D minor (RV 454), but much better known than the relatively obscure C major pair (RV 448 and RV 452). The concerto opens in a joyous mood, as the strings present their joyous, vivacious music. The oboe then enters to give its even livelier version of the material. The whole movement is filled with sunshine and energy, qualities not in evidence, however, in the forlorn but lovely Largo that ensues. This diminutive panel is dominated by the oboe, but in the finale, once again, the strings lead off with a lively, bright ritornello. The oboe enters with a playful busyness in its jaunty music and seems intent on showing it is even more chipper and effervescent than the strings.