CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Santa Fe New Mexican)

‘Nicholas Daniel’s interpretation of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto outshines other currently available on CD […] in this splendid reading’ British oboe playing used to be harsh and plangent. Nicholas Daniel has moved in a more appealing direction, such that he enjoys an international career working as artistic director of the Leicester International Festival in […]

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Nicholas Daniel and the Britten Oboe Quartet in Sheffield, Tuesday 8 December

One of the UK’s most distinguished soloists, oboist Nicholas Daniel founded the Britten Oboe Quartet together with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia. This concert at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield, displays to perfection their adventurousness and virtuosity, with a concert mixture of the classic and the contemporary that intertwines Mozart with a host of British masters. Programme Britten: Phantasy Quartet Lennox Berkley: String […]

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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Limelight Magazine)

‘Oboist Nicholas Daniel sends a pastoral love letter to England as well as one to its northern cousin.’ This programme has been cleverly crafted around the world premiere recording of Sir James MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto performed by its dedicatee Nicholas Daniel with the composer at the helm. It is a bold virtuosic work that should […]

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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (The Guardian)

The long, sinuous song that is Vaughan Williams’s beguiling oboe concerto is something of a calling card for Nicholas Daniel. He won the BBC young musician of the year playing it and here he directs the Britten Sinfonia in addition to his role as soloist. It’s a huge work for any player (nearly 20 minutes […]

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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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