ARTISTS

Daniel, Nicholas

Nicholas
Daniel
oboe
Nicholas Daniel’s distinguished career began when, at the age of 18,  he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. At his debut at the BBC Proms in 1992 the Sunday Times described him as one of the greatest exponents of the oboe in the world. Today one of the UK's most distinguished soloists as well as an increasingly successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields.
 
Nicholas has been heard on every continent, and has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. A champion of contemporary music, he has premiered works by many distinguished composers including Thea Musgrave, John Tavener, Henri Dutilleux and Harrison Birtwistle.    Nicholas is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet; he gives regular recitals and plays chamber music with many distinguished instrumentalists and ensembles.
 

As a conductor, Nicholas has worked with orchestras in the UK and abroad, and is Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia.  He is also Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival and teaches in the UK and in Germany, where he is Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik,  Trossingen.

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Benjamin Harte

Kraemer, Nicholas

Nicholas
Kraemer
Conductor

Nicholas Kraemer is a British harpsichordist and conductor: from playing continuo at the back of the orchestra he proceeded to the front, where he began directing from the harpsichord, notably the English Chamber Orchestra in the 1970s. Here his repertoire widened, taking in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as Baroque music.

Kraemer has served as Artistic Director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the London Bach Orchestra, the music program of the Bath Festival and the English Touring Opera (then Opera 80). He founded and directed the Raglan Baroque Players. From 1971 to 1988 he was musical director of the W11 Opera children's opera, which he co-founded.

He currently holds the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, Chicago and Permanent Guest Conductor of Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.

The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.

van Steen, Jac

Jac
van Steen
Conductor

Jac van Steen (born 1956 in Eindhoven)  studied music theory, as well as orchestral and choral conducting, at the Brabants Conservatory of Music.

In the Netherlands, van Steen was conductor and music director of the Nijmegen Bach Choir from 1986 to 1990. From 1989 to 1994, he was the Music Director of Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam. Since 1992, he has been on the faculty at the Royal Conservatory of music and dance in The Hague.

From 1997 to 2002, van Steen was Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker. He has also served as Music Director of the Neues Berliner Kammerorchester. From 2002 to 2005, he was Music Director of Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Weimar. van Steen was chief conductor of the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur from 2002 to 2008. Since 2005, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

In 2008, van Steen became Generalmusikdirektor of the Dortmunder Philharmoniker (Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra).

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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

ANCORA+

The first release in NMC's Ancora series features reissued recordings of oboe concerto Helios plus the darkly atmospheric Night Music and programmatic The Seasons, with a new BBC Symphony Orchestra recording of Musgrave's tribute to Beethoven, Memento Vitae.

Helios, The Seasons  and Night Music  were originally released on Collins Classics.

 

REVIEWS

"Unquestionably recommendable - Nicholas Daniel is a superb soloist."

Performance***** Sound ****
BBC Music Magazine

FUNDING

The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England

RECORDING CREDITS

Recording date: 29 May 1998 (Memento Vitae), 13-14 May 1998

Recording venue:  BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London (Memento Vitae), City Hall, Glasgow

Engineers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Andrew Hallifax (Memento Vitae), John Timperley 
Producers: Colin Matthews (Memento Vitae), Veronica Slater 
Editing & mastering: Marian Tryggvason

Cover image: Photo of Thea Musgrave (C) Andrew Palmer

Memento Vitae (P) 2003 NMC Recordings Ltd
Other works (P) 1998 Pinnacle Entertainment Ltd

Publisher:
Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D074
Release Date:
3 January 2003