Presented here for the first time in a modern edition, the oboe concerto in E flat major is a most appealing work both musically and structurally. While on the one hand the piece displays the typical characteristics generally associated
with the so-called ‘gallant’ style (for example the preference of symmetric features and motivic repetitions), the final movement surprisingly opens with a ritornello displaying fugal imitation. All this is presented in an imaginative, versatile alternation of soloistic and orchestral passages with manifold dynamic changes.
(From the preface by Karl Heller)