Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia – Ralph Vaughan Williams & James MacMillan: Oboe Concertos (2015) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia – Ralph Vaughan Williams & James MacMillan: Oboe Concertos (2015)
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It is the 1944 Oboe Concerto of Ralph Vaughan Williams, so distant from the terrors of war and so congruent in its combination of reed-instrument soloist and pastoral signs, that gets top billing here. That’s natural enough; it’s a crowd-pleasing work, and because star oboists are a rare breed, it’s not as often heard as other works by this composer. The big news here, however, is that the other oboe concerto on the program, the 2010 Oboe Concerto of Scots composer James MacMillan, just might inspire the evolution of a few more star oboists. Within its mere 24 minutes are large musical spaces with a great variety of musical colors and external references, leading up to an impressive finale that takes corners quickly at the top of the oboe’s range. MacMillan himself, leading the Britten Sinfonia, wisely brackets this work with appropriate chamber-orchestra works: Benjamin Britten’s late Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time There Was, Op. 90, and his own One, for chamber orchestra. But the star here is oboe soloist Nicholas Daniel, equally adept in the blazing MacMillan finale and in the calmly dreamy Vaughan Williams and the quite grave slow movement of the MacMillan concerto. An impressive addition to the oboe discography, with some of the gnarliest oboe writing since Vivaldi’s concertos for his orphan virtuosi at the Ospedale della Pietà.

Tracklist:
01. Concerto for oboe and strings in A Minor: I. Rondo Pastorale
02. Concerto for oboe and strings in A Minor: II. Minuet and Musette
03. Concerto for oboe and strings in A Minor: III. Finale (Scherzo)
04. One for chamber orchestr
05. Oboe Concerto: I. [marcato e ritmico]
06. Oboe Concerto: II. Largo
07. Oboe Concerto: III. Allegro
08. Suite on English Folk Tunes: “A Time There Was”, Op. 90: I. Cakes and Ale
09. Suite on English Folk Tunes: “A Time There Was”, Op. 90: II. The bitter whey
10. Suite on English Folk Tunes: “A Time There Was”, Op. 90: III. Hankin Booby
11. Suite on English Folk Tunes: “A Time There Was”, Op. 90: IV. Hunt the squirrel
12. Suite on English Folk Tunes: “A Time There Was”, Op. 90: V. Lord Melbourne

Composers:
Britten, Benjamin (1913-76)
MacMillan, James (b.1959)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958)

Personnel:
Nicholas Daniel, oboe, director (on tracks 1-3), cor anglais solo (on track 12)
Britten Sinfonia
James MacMillan, conductor (on tracks 4-12)

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