Review: Pre-Christmas Joy from the Haffner Wind Ensemble (Seen and Heard International

Pre-Christmas Joy from the Haffner Wind Ensemble Nicholas Daniel [oboe], Joy Farrell [clarinet], Thomas Hancox [flute], Sarah Burnett [bassoon], Martin Owen [horn]). The Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 1 December 2017. Beethoven (arr. Mordechai Rechtmann) – Quintet in E flat, Op.4 Jean-Michel Damase – 17 Variations, Op.22 The Haffner […]

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Review: Britten Sinfonia/Elder at the Barbican (The Times)

Here was a style located precisely between Beethoven and Mahler: smartly articulated, rhythmically flexible, unguarded in its expressivity Anna Picard, November 13 2017, The Times Six years have passed since Mark Elder conducted Britten Sinfonia in a performance of L’enfance du Christ that captured perfectly the Beethovenian energy and oriental fragrance of Berlioz’s oratorio. The scent has […]

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Review: Britten Oboe Quartet: A Tribute To Janet: AllMusic

The Janet to whom tribute is paid here is Janet Craxton, one of the founders of the London Sinfonietta and the teacher of the oboist on the present release, Nicholas Daniel. She was better known in the third quarter of the 20th century than she is today, but this little album of chamber music has a nice balance that […]

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Britten Sinfonia turns 25 today

Exactly 25 years ago, on 24 October 1992, Britten Sinfonia gave its first concert.  Since then, we have given more than 1500 concerts, been heard by over half a million people in 25 countries across four continents and commissioned over 300 new works.  Britten Sinfonia has also created two sister ensembles – Britten Sinfonia Voices, and Britten […]

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Review: Britten Oboe Quartet: A Tribute To Janet: De Gelderlander (Netherlands)

‘An impressive tribute from oboist Nicholas Daniel to his teacher.’ Anyone who wants to hear something new from the British chamber music scene will be excited about this Harmonia Mundi release. This tribute to the oboist and teacher Janet Craxton, who died in 1981, contains some of the most diverse music, played by the British Oboe Quartet which was […]

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