Nicholas Daniel (1980)

Oboist Nicholas Daniel triumphed in the 1980 competition with a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto and has gone on to have a hugely successful career. In 2015 he returned to the Vaughan Williams concerto with the Britten Sinfonia and conductor James MacMillan. This was an Editor’s Choice recording in the May 2015 issue, with critic Andrew Achenbach commenting: ‘Not only do his flawless discipline, liquid tone, exquisite chiaroscuro and seemingly superhuman breath control ravish the ear, he also encourages his colleagues to give of their polished and raptly committed best.’ Subscribers can read the complete review in the Reviews Database.

Gramophone magazine, June 2018

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