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Ralph Vaughan Williams; James MacMillan: Oboe Concertos / Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Britten Sinfonia; MacMillan

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Oboe in A minor
>MacMillan, James : One, for chamber orchestra
>MacMillan, James : Oboe Concerto
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite on English folk tunes (A time there was), for orchestra, Op. 90
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording of evocative music from Britain features two major British oboe concertos featuring soloist Nicholas Daniel and the Britten Sinfonia. Composer James MacMillan conducts the world premiere recording of his own Oboe Concerto (dedicated to Nicholas Daniel), as well as his 2012 composition One and Benjamin Britten's Suite on English Folk Tunes 'A Time There Was.' The oboist himself directs the Ralph Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto, a work with which Daniel won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition at the age of 18.

The Times, 11th April 2015
He is arguably Britain's most virtuosic and adventurous instrumentalist and as mesmerising a talent now, at 53, as he was when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition 35 years ago...The oboe writing [in the Macmillan] is insanely demanding throughout; Daniel is stunning.

Sunday Times, 26th April 2015
A fine showcase for Daniel's mellifluous playing, the disc is still more than that, ending with a lovely account of Britten's Suite on English Folk Tunes, and teasing one with a magical, five-minute piece by MacMillan...It is simply (complexly!) a monody passed round the players, glistening as it goes.

Financial Times, 25th April 2015
Oboists may feel ruefully that musical history owes them a showpiece. They have one now: MacMillan's Oboe Concerto turns the soloist into a nimble-footed musical athlete, a star opera singer, a dazzling Highland dancer, all in the space of three varied movements. Nicholas Daniel makes the most of its virtuoso opportunities, raising the elegiac slow movement to intense heights.

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Not only so his [Nick Daniels'] flawless discipline, liquid tone, exquisite chiaroscuro and seemingly superhuman breath control crush the ear, but he also encourages his colleagues to give their polished and raptly committed best ... Excellent sound and truthful balance throughout: this anthology merits a strong recommendation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John's Smith Square, London, England (02/2014).



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Oboe in A minor
  • Performer: Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Daniel
  • Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 20 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1944

>MacMillan, James : One, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: James MacMillan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2012

>MacMillan, James : Oboe Concerto
  • Performer: Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
  • Conductor: James MacMillan
  • Running Time: 23 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2010

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite on English folk tunes (A time there was), for orchestra, Op. 90
  • Conductor: James MacMillan
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966