CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Arts Fuse)

Here’s a disc that does just about everything right. Aside from Richard Strauss’s concerto, there isn’t much concerto literature for the oboe in the repertoire (certainly not from the last seventy-five years). But Harmonia mundi’s fine new recording of oboe concertos by Ralph Vaughan Williams and James MacMillan offers two great pieces that ought to be widely […]

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Nicholas Daniel shortlisted for Gramophone Award 2015

Nicholas Daniel has been shortlisted in the Concerto category of the Gramophone Awards 2015 for his recent recording of Vaughan Williams and James MacMillan oboe concertos with the Britten Sinfonia on Harmonia Mundi. You can read a review of the CD along with all the other nominees in Gramophone’s free digital magazine here: Gramophone Awards 2015 fee […]

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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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