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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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Sinfini Music)

‘A gorgeous recording – highly recommended’ – Five stars from Sinfini Music Nicholas Daniel shot to fame upon winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition with Vaughan Williams’ oboe concerto, and here he returns to the work on a disc of luscious English pastoralism. Suffusing its lyricism with wistful longing, Daniel gives a performance […]

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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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