Leicester International Music Festival 2015, 17 – 19 September

I’ve long wanted to programme a Festival around indisputably one of the greatest examples of human achievement, Ludwig Van Beethoven. Our 2015 Festival has a major survey of the huge variety and colour in his Chamber Music in only three days and in six concerts. I have placed him alongside great Romantic masterpieces by French/Belgian […]

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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Sinfini Music)

‘A gorgeous recording – highly recommended’ – Five stars from Sinfini Music Nicholas Daniel shot to fame upon winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition with Vaughan Williams’ oboe concerto, and here he returns to the work on a disc of luscious English pastoralism. Suffusing its lyricism with wistful longing, Daniel gives a performance […]

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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Irish Times)

This strongly performed collection opens with Vaughan Williams’s folksily pastoral 1944 Oboe Concerto. The Scottish and Irish traditional music influences in James MacMillan’s 2012 short orchestral monody, One, provide an effective link to the same composer’s 2010 Oboe Concerto. Here, the outer movements echo some of the frolicking of the Vaughan Williams, though in a fully […]

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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (New York Times)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, BRITTEN, MACMILLAN: Oboe Concertos Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Britten Sinfonia (Harmonia Mundi) Mr. Daniel directs the Britten Sinfonia and performs as soloist in Vaughan Williams’s elegantly lyrical concerto, nicknamed the “the oboist’s Elgar Cello Concerto” by the Elgar’s great interpreter, Jacqueline du Pré. Mr. Daniel’s pure tone and expressive playing is also highlighted in Mr. […]

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CD review – Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Double Reed News)

‘Stellar playing and wonderful recorded sounds […] Nicholas Daniel plays and directs with consummate technical mastery.’  For the musically curious oboist, the main attraction of this disc could be the work by James MacMIllan. For the player who has struggled to come to terms with the Vaughan Williams concerto, either over many years or as […]

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