Nicholas Daniel’s recording of James MacMillan’s oboe concerto with Britten Sinfonia on Harmonia Mundi wins a BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016 Premiere Award.

The first recording of James MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto, by Britten Sinfonia and its principal oboe, Nicholas Daniel, and conducted by the composer, has won the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award. It is part of a Harmonia Mundi recording which also features Nicholas Daniel as soloist and conductor in Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto, MacMillan’s One and Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time There Was.

The BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award is decided by an expert panel of the magazine’s critics and reviewers. In its citation, the jury said ‘The winner of the Premiere Award is a Harmonia Mundi recording of a musically and technically superb performance of Sir James Macmillan’s Oboe Concerto. Nicholas Daniel, to whom the work was dedicated, suggests that MacMillan’s work is major contribution to our literature’. It’s easy to see why, when Daniel and the Britten Sinfonia perform it with such spirit, sensitivity and virtuosic spirit.’

MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto was commissioned by and written for Britten Sinfonia, and dedicated to Nicholas Daniel. The orchestra gave the concerto’s world premiere in 2010.

Read reviews of the recording here and the full press release about the award here

Find out more about the BBC Music Magazine Awards here