CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Irish Times)

This strongly performed collection opens with Vaughan Williams’s folksily pastoral 1944 Oboe Concerto. The Scottish and Irish traditional music influences in James MacMillan’s 2012 short orchestral monody, One, provide an effective link to the same composer’s 2010 Oboe Concerto. Here, the outer movements echo some of the frolicking of the Vaughan Williams, though in a fully […]

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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (New York Times)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, BRITTEN, MACMILLAN: Oboe Concertos Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Britten Sinfonia (Harmonia Mundi) Mr. Daniel directs the Britten Sinfonia and performs as soloist in Vaughan Williams’s elegantly lyrical concerto, nicknamed the “the oboist’s Elgar Cello Concerto” by the Elgar’s great interpreter, Jacqueline du Pré. Mr. Daniel’s pure tone and expressive playing is also highlighted in Mr. […]

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CD review – Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Double Reed News)

‘Stellar playing and wonderful recorded sounds […] Nicholas Daniel plays and directs with consummate technical mastery.’  For the musically curious oboist, the main attraction of this disc could be the work by James MacMIllan. For the player who has struggled to come to terms with the Vaughan Williams concerto, either over many years or as […]

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CD review – Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (SA-CD.net)

‘Nicholas Daniel excels with a beautiful, seductive tone, drawing lots of melancholy from his instrument, keeping complete control in the more difficult passages.’ Lovers of British music will find much to enjoy, but it’s not all ‘so very British’ sweet countryside on the menu!Vaughan Williams’ oboe concerto is a classic, full of lyrical melodies, written towards […]

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CD review – Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (FT)

Nicholas Daniel makes the most of the virtuoso opportunities of the Scottish composer’s concerto MacMillan, Vaughan Williams oboe concertos / Nicholas Daniel / Harmonia Mundi  Oboists may feel ruefully that the musical world owes them a showpiece. They have one now: James MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto turns the soloist into a nimble-footed musical athlete, a star […]

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