Review: Nicholas Daniel/BBC Symphony Orchestra – Judith Weir’s oboe concerto (The Times)

How to begin and how to end? This BBC Symphony Orchestra concert was a masterclass in a tricky art. Judith Weir opts for ellipses in her new oboe concerto. The solo line strolls in as if it had just turned a corner to join us; it later simply disappears like a bird flying high up […]

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Review: Nicholas Daniel/BBC Symphony Orchestra – Judith Weir’s oboe concerto (Classical Source)

Or again, returning to the original question (how do you create atmosphere), you get somebody like Judith Weir to write an oboe concerto and ask somebody of the quality of Nicholas Daniel to play it. This 18-minute piece, in which the accompaniment consists of a small body of strings with pairs of flutes, clarinets, bassoons […]

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Britten Oboe Quartet: Regensburg Musikverein – review

The rhythm of the march and the dark sound of the oboe. The Britten Oboe Quartet were guest artists at the Musikverein. The highlight of the concert was Mozart’s oboe quartet. Marschrhythmik und dunkle Oboen-Klänge. Das Britten Oboe Quartet gastierte beim Musikverein. Der Höhepunkt des Konzerts war Mozarts Oboenquartett ‘The Britten Oboe Quartet brought this […]

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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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