Review: Nicholas Daniel and Britten Sinfonia in Tavener’s Kaleidoscopes at Milton Court

‘Adams’s ‘shaking’ recalls the ecstatic trances of the early Shakers, and segued neatly into Tavener’s oboe concerto, Kaleidoscopes, with its celestial, high-trilling solo part. Daniel stood in the centre of four string quartets, directing and performing this virtuoso tour de force with extraordinary focus and grace. Kaleidoscope shares the symbolic four compass-point arrangement with Tavener’s Flood of Beauty premiered by the Britten […]

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Review: Nicholas Daniel and the Carducci Quartet, Grassington Festival, June 2014

This was a wonderful evening of stunning chamber music. The Carducci String Quartet is a top class ensemble and the Gala Concert programme had something for everyone. Haydn String Quartet Op33 No.2 in E flat ” the Joke”This was the perfect piece with which to begin the concert and set the mood right from the start […]

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Review: Nicholas Daniel and Charles Owen, Ryedale Festival, July 2014

Sunday 6th found us at the Sam Wanamaker theatre for a concert featuring the baroque oboe, and the following Sunday featured a modern oboe in an equally remarkable setting, the Saloon at Duncombe Park, the stately home on the fringes of Helmsley in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The oboe being played here was, as […]

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Nicholas Daniel and the Carducci Quartet – CD review (Planet Hugill)

‘A finely crafted performance from Nicholas Daniel and from the Carducci Quartet….Berkeley’s Oboe Quintet is certainly a highly valuable addition to the repertoire.’ Into the Ravine: Nicholas Daniel and the Carducci String Quartet; Signum Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 17 2014 Star rating: 3.0 Well wrought new music for oboe and string quartet, originally premiered at the Presteigne Festival. This […]

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Nicholas Daniel and the Carducci Quartet – CD reviews from Sinfini, Gramophone Magazine, The Strad)

Into the Ravine – works for String Quintet and Oboe Quintet by Michael Berkley, John McCabe and Adrian Williams (Signum Classics SIG CD350) ‘The rounded fullness of Nicholas Daniel’s oboe tone, combined with powerful, beautifully focused playing from the Carducci Quartet’                             […]

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