CD Review: 10 recommended recordings by BBC Young Musician competition winners

Nicholas Daniel (1980) Oboist Nicholas Daniel triumphed in the 1980 competition with a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto and has gone on to have a hugely successful career. In 2015 he returned to the Vaughan Williams concerto with the Britten Sinfonia and conductor James MacMillan. This was an Editor’s Choice recording in the May […]

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Review: A Tribute To Janet CD (Limelight)

A TRIBUTE TO JANET (NICHOLAS DANIEL, BRITTEN OBOE QUARTET) Remembrances of times past: Nicholas Daniel offers a heartfelt homage to his beloved teacher. by Steve Moffatt, Limelight, Australia’s Classical Music and Arts Magazine) Since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1980, English oboist Nicholas Daniel has built a career establishing him as one […]

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Review: Pre-Christmas Joy from the Haffner Wind Ensemble (Seen and Heard International

Pre-Christmas Joy from the Haffner Wind Ensemble Nicholas Daniel [oboe], Joy Farrell [clarinet], Thomas Hancox [flute], Sarah Burnett [bassoon], Martin Owen [horn]). The Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 1 December 2017. Beethoven (arr. Mordechai Rechtmann) – Quintet in E flat, Op.4 Jean-Michel Damase – 17 Variations, Op.22 The Haffner […]

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Review: Britten Sinfonia/Elder at the Barbican (The Times)

Here was a style located precisely between Beethoven and Mahler: smartly articulated, rhythmically flexible, unguarded in its expressivity Anna Picard, November 13 2017, The Times Six years have passed since Mark Elder conducted Britten Sinfonia in a performance of L’enfance du Christ that captured perfectly the Beethovenian energy and oriental fragrance of Berlioz’s oratorio. The scent has […]

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Review: Britten Oboe Quartet: A Tribute To Janet: AllMusic

The Janet to whom tribute is paid here is Janet Craxton, one of the founders of the London Sinfonietta and the teacher of the oboist on the present release, Nicholas Daniel. She was better known in the third quarter of the 20th century than she is today, but this little album of chamber music has a nice balance that […]

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