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

The Britten Sinfonia’s latest offering launches with a deeply understanding performance of Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto from Nicholas Daniel. It was with this very work that he first made his mark as winner of the 1980 BBC Young Musician of Year competition and, to judge from the present display, it’s a piece that still means […]

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CD review – Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (The Times)

‘We should all pipe up for Britain’s oboe star’ Nicholas Daniel’s virtuosity is shown off superbly in two great works, says Richard Morrison of The Times Nicholas Daniel: Oboe Concertos: Harmonia Mundi ***** If the musical public reversed oboists as they do pianists and tenors, Nicholas Daniel would be as widely esteemed as Lang Lang […]

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CD review: Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos (Radio Times Classical CDs)

Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Britten Sinfonia/James MacMillan It’s 35 years since Nicholas Daniel won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition with a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Concerto for Oboe and Strings. Since then he has become one of the most experienced and respected oboists in the business, as well as a conductor. Now he […]

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