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A Tribute to Janet / Daniel, Britten Oboe Quartet


Release Date: 08/11/2017 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907672  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBenjamin BrittenOliver KnussenJean Françaix
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Oboe Quartet

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Britten Oboe Quartet here makes its recording debut with a programme of its core repertory. It naturally includes the great Mozart Quartet K.370 and Britten’s own Phantasy op.2, but also two pieces that have a special resonance for the distinguished oboist Nicholas Daniel, because they were commissioned and premiered by Janet Craxton (1929-81), his ‘beloved teacher’ and inspiration, and her London Oboe Quartet. Thus Oliver Knussen’s Cantata (1977) and the delightful Cor Anglais Quartet of Jean Françaix add further variety to a fascinating anthology that also features Nicholas Daniel’s own completion of Mozart’s elegiac fragment K580a. The Britten Oboe Quartet here makes its recording debut with a programme of its core repertory. It naturally includes the great Mozart Quartet K.370 and Britten’s own Phantasy op.2, but also two pieces that have a special resonance for the distinguished oboist Nicholas Daniel, because they were commissioned and premiered by Janet Craxton (1929-81), his ‘beloved teacher’ and inspiration, and her London Oboe Quartet. Thus Oliver Knussen’s Cantata (1977) and the delightful Cor Anglais Quartet of Jean Françaix add further variety to a fascinating anthology that also features Nicholas Daniel’s own completion of Mozart’s elegiac fragment K580a. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Oboe Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
2.
Adagio for English Horn and Strings in C major, K Anh. 94 (580a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (English Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Oboe Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Phantasy for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Oboe Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
4.
Cantata for oboe & string trio, Op. 15 by Oliver Knussen
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Oboe Quartet
Period: Modern 
5.
Quartet for English Horn and Strings by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Nicholas Daniel (English Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Oboe Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; France 

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