Review: Nicholas Daniel and Britten Sinfonia in Tavener’s Kaleidoscopes at Milton Court

‘Adams’s ‘shaking’ recalls the ecstatic trances of the early Shakers, and segued neatly into Tavener’s oboe concerto, Kaleidoscopes, with its celestial, high-trilling solo part. Daniel stood in the centre of four string quartets, directing and performing this virtuoso tour de force with extraordinary focus and grace. Kaleidoscope shares the symbolic four compass-point arrangement with Tavener’s Flood of Beauty premiered by the Britten […]

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Nicholas Daniel, Artistic Director, introduces the Leicester International Music Festival, 17 – 20 September 2014

This year I have decided to focus on the music of what is now known as the Czech Republic. The Czech language is arguably the most musical and lyrical sounding of all the Slavonic languages, comparable with Italian. Their composers, going right back to their more geographically complicate  distant past, have some surprising names as well […]

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Prague Spring oboe competition 4 – pre-final

It’s 2 hours until the start of the final here and I have some interestingly mixed emotions. I’ve talked to some of the people who we didn’t pass to the next round, and it’s wonderful to hear their questions and understand how they played from their point of view. I’ve tried to tell them how […]

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Prague Spring Festival oboe competition 3 – semi-final

We had a much needed day off in Prague on Saturday. Like Venice it’s one of those places that you can walk and walk until your feet fall off and after all that sitting and judging the competition it was great to get out and take the air, but not before all the judges spent […]

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Prague Spring Festival oboe competition 2

I’m writing this late at night after hearing 56 performances of Schumann’s 3 Romanzen and a choice of Telemann’s 12 Fantasien over 2 days from 9.00-23.00. To describe me as a zombie is probably on the kind side of accurate. Thankfully my spouse has bought and chilled a bottle of Bohemia Sekt, arguably the greatest […]

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