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Michael Carter
Fanfare, August 2002

"We all know the old saw about the oboe being the ill wind that no one blows good, but in Anthony Camden's hands, it is a dulcet instrument that is played with unforced stylistic conventions of the eras without being slavish to them, as is the case in some period-instrument recordings. Overall, this presentation proffers joie de vivre and taut ensemble that augur will for both the composers and performers."

American Record Guide, June 2002

"The release is worthwhile for the Platti and Besozzi at the great Naxos price. The sound is very good, with oboe and orchestra in just the right perspective."

David Vernier

"Whether or not the oboe's your thing, this recording promises baroque/classical-period concerto fans a solid hour of pleasant listening. The exceptional quality of the opening G minor work by 18th-century composer Giovanni Platti rewards multiple hearings for its splendid, agile melodies, flowing rhythmic style, and, most of all, it's exquisitely lovely slow-movement solo lines. Oboist Anthony Camden, a soloist of vast experience and well-deserved acclaim, lavishes care and artful expression on this and all the other works on the program, enhancing even the less-illustrious works--the relatively routine if still agreeable Salieri and Rosetti pieces--with his facile technique and eloquent articulation. His tone is at once warm and tangy, very easy on the ear, and, as a singer with a text, he effectively alters its quality as the music suggests. Equal in interest to the Platti is the concerto by Carlo Besozzi (1738-c. 1798), a piece that offers the soloist some wonderful virtuoso challenges, highlighted by an exciting cadenza in the opening Allegro and fancy passagework in the concluding Allegretto. Camden is partnered by an excellent and responsive City of London Sinfonia, sympathetically directed by Nicholas Ward. The sound is appropriately full-bodied with a touch of brightness that serves the music and solo instrument well."

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