Reviews of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, BBC Proms 2008

18 July 2008, Mozart oboe concerto BBCSO/Jiri Belohlavek a sprightly performance of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, K314, soloist Nicholas Daniel performing his own cadenzas, the first of which had bird-song elasticity (cheekiness marked his whole approach) musicomh.com In between these monumental works by Strauss the ensemble dwindled to chamber-orchestra size for what was arguably the highlight […]

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Reviews of Elliott Carter’s Oboe Concerto, 28 July 2008

28 July 2008 Elliott Carter oboe concerto BBCSO/David Robertson a virtuoso performance musicomh.com Blessed with the nimblest fingers and the breath control of a Buddhist monk, Nicholas Daniel couldn’t have been more mercurial as he traced Carter’s solo line. Tone, colour and attack changed with lightning speed; crossing the gaping intervals between two notes seemed […]

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The Independent, 4 September 2007

It was almost cosy. Both Nicholas Daniel and Dame Evelyn Glennie are prominent players of Thea Musgrave’s concertos, and the composer has been a Proms regular for nearly half a century. Now here came another BBC commission, Two’s Company, a double concerto for oboe and percussion that she wrote specifically for these two soloists. Musgrave’s […]

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Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2007

Geoffrey Norris reviews the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Belohlávek at Albert Hall The Daily Telegraph Thea Musgrave was in the hall last night to hear the première of her beguiling new concerto for oboe, percussion and orchestra called Two’s Company. The title says it all. This is a musical courtship, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra […]

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The Guardian – Monday September 3, 2007

3 stars Royal Albert Hall, London Erica Jeal There is a gentle element of spectacle to Thea Musgrave’s new work, Two’s Company, written for the odd soloistic couple of oboist Nicholas Daniel and percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Unattended clusters of percussion instruments are ranged at various points around a chamber-sized orchestra. Glennie begins stage right, adding […]

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