Nicholas Daniel founded the Britten Oboe Quartet together with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia. They all bring to this ensemble not only the highest musical standards but also the experience of playing together over many years, resulting in warm, expressive and above all enjoyable playing.
They explore lesser-known works both from Britain and abroad, as well as standard classics such as Mozart’s Oboe Quartet.
The programme will include:
Britten Fantasy Quartet Opus 2
Moeran Phantasy Quartet
Francaix Cor Anglais Quartet
Mozart Adagio K580a Cor Anglais Quartet
J S Bach Selection from Goldberg Variations for String Trio
Mozart Oboe Quartet K370
Nicholas Daniel – Oboe and Cor Anglais
Jacqueline Shave – Violin
Clare Finnimore – Viola
Caroline Dearnley – Cello
95mins including 20mins interval
If you were assembling the chamber music equivalent of a fantasy football team, chances are that the oboist Nicholas Daniel and the violinist Jacqueline Shave would all be high on the list. Add the wonderful Caroline Dearnley on cello and Clare Finnimore on viola and you have a supergroup of serious heft.
Alexandra Couglan, The New Statesman
The Françaix cor anglais quartet is fiendishly hard to play, although you wouldn’t guess it from this sparkling romp. Sometimes it sounds as if ten people, not four, are involved in its intoxicating contrapuntal passages.
Richard Morrison, The Times
The strings of violinist Jacqueline Shave, violist Clare Finnimore and cellist Caroline Dearnley complement Daniel’s faultless technique and beautiful tessitura handsomely.
Lightlight Magazine, Australia
The playing of the Britten Oboe Quartet was a wonder of interweaving textures and perfect balance ... a peak of performance that could not be bettered.
Andrew Polmear, Strings Attached