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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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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