The oboe d’amore (oboe of love) was invented in Bach’s time. This instrument’s range lies between that of the oboe and the English horn, allowing it to play the role of mezzo-soprano.
Bach made good use of this new invention. He included oboe d’amore in many of his cantatas, as well as in his B Minor Mass. Although Bach’s Concerto in A Major (BWV 1055) is a harpsichord concerto, it is believed to be his reworking of his earlier Concerto for oboe d’amore (BWV 1055r).
Enjoy this lovely recording of the oboe d’amore concerto with the Kammerorchester Basel and soloist, Shani Shachar.