Nicholas Daniel’s latest album, and the debut recording by the Britten Oboe Quartet (with Jacqueline Shave, Clare Finnimore and Caroline Dearnley) ‘A Tribute to Janet’ is available on Spotify now. The disc will be released on the Harmonia Mundi label in the next few days.

A Tribute to Janet

Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe & String Trio, Op. 2
Françaix: Quartet for English Horn, Violin, Viola and Cello
Knussen: Cantata

Oboe Quartet in F major, K370
Adagio for Cor Anglais and String Trio, K580a
completed by Nicholas Daniel

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Britten Oboe Quartet

The Britten Oboe Quartet here makes its recording debut with a programme of its core repertory. It naturally includes the great Mozart Quartet K.370 and Britten’s own Phantasy op.2, but also two pieces that have a special resonance for the distinguished oboist Nicholas Daniel, because they were commissioned and premiered by Janet Craxton (1929-81), his ‘beloved teacher’ and inspiration, and her London Oboe Quartet. Thus Oliver Knussen’s Cantata (1977) and the delightful Cor Anglais Quartet of Jean Françaix add further variety to a fascinating anthology that also features Nicholas Daniel’s own completion of Mozart’s elegiac fragment K580a.

Harmonia Mundi HMM907672