James Macmillan Oboe Concerto

Sometimes important new pieces emerge after a long ‘courtship’ with a composer, sometimes they come out of the blue. With the James MacMillan Oboe Concerto it has been born out of a long, happy and fruitful working relationship and friendship between both James and myself and between the Britten Sinfonia and this great man. In […]

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Loeffler Rhapsody, “L’Étang” with Camerata Pacifica

Youtube Video Description: Camerata Pacifica’s Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Richard O’Neill, viola & Kevin Fitzgerald, piano perform the 1st of Loeffler’s Rhapsodies. Recorded at Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, CA, April 17th, 2009. Live/Unedited. http://www.cameratapacifica.org. Camerata Pacifica is a chamber music ensemble based in Santa Barbara that performs a monthly series of […]

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Review of Aldeburgh Festival, 2009

The Times – Richard Morrison. If the final weekend of the Aldeburgh Festival demonstrated nothing else, it showed how some musicians could perform the Yellow Pages and still grip an audience. The oboist Nicholas Daniel, for instance, in a fine recital with the pianist Charles Owen, took what seemed like a whimsical, palindromic programme — […]

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Reviews of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, BBC Proms 2008

18 July 2008, Mozart oboe concerto BBCSO/Jiri Belohlavek a sprightly performance of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, K314, soloist Nicholas Daniel performing his own cadenzas, the first of which had bird-song elasticity (cheekiness marked his whole approach) musicomh.com In between these monumental works by Strauss the ensemble dwindled to chamber-orchestra size for what was arguably the highlight […]

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Reviews of Elliott Carter’s Oboe Concerto, 28 July 2008

28 July 2008 Elliott Carter oboe concerto BBCSO/David Robertson a virtuoso performance musicomh.com Blessed with the nimblest fingers and the breath control of a Buddhist monk, Nicholas Daniel couldn’t have been more mercurial as he traced Carter’s solo line. Tone, colour and attack changed with lightning speed; crossing the gaping intervals between two notes seemed […]

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