Review: Nicholas Daniel at Aldeburgh Festival (Daily Telegraph)

Nick Daniel & Friends/Aldeburgh Festival One of the things that makes the Aldeburgh Festival special is the way the mysterious flat landscape, the festival’s history and the musical programme all partake of the same spirit. Key to that spirit is the festival’s founder Benjamin Britten, whose image as always crops up in this year’s programme […]

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Review: Stauss concerto in Hereford

ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN STRAUSS/RAVEL REVIEW STRAUSS AND RAVEL WONDERFUL PROGRAMME-PARTNERS ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN/Michael Seal 17 May 2019 The Courtyard, Hereford ***** Adding Hereford’s Courtyard to Orchestra of the Swan’s regular schedule touring out of Stratford seems to be proving a win-win both for audiences and orchestra. I bumped into several players dining in […]

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Britten Sinfonia at Wigmore Hall – review

‘Intellectual Curiosity and Musical Insight from the Britten Sinfonia at Wigmore Hall’ Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall, London – 6 February 2019 Mozart – Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546 Skryabin – Rêverie Op.24 (arr. Colin Matthews) (world première) Britten – Temporal Variations (arr. Colin Matthews) Colin Matthews – Postludes for oboe, […]

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Review: Britten Oboe Quartet at King’s Hall, Ilkley (Bradford Telegraph and Argus

‘Exquisite oboe playing at the Ilkley Concert Club’ The combination of the oboe with a string trio was a creation of Mozart’s genius and so it was fitting that the Britten Oboe Quartet ended their visit to Ilkley with a sparkling performance of his Oboe Quartet, K370. This accented the close interplay between the members […]

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Nicholas Daniel & Charles Owen – review (Classical Source)

Monday, October 15, 2018 Wigmore Hall, London Reviewed by Barnaby Page for Classical Source Not only is the oboe recital a relatively rare beast, but Nicholas Daniel and Charles Owen brought to Wigmore Hall a delightfully mixed programme of ear-opening novelty. Perhaps the high point was Pavel Haas’s Suite of 1939, not least for the […]

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