Daniel, Nicholas

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

Anders Tomter, Lars

Anders Tomter

Lars Anders Tomter studied violin and viola with Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and made his debut on both instruments at the age of seventeen. After continuing his studies with Max Rostal and Sándor Vegh, he was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984, and won the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986. Since then his appearances as a viola soloist have been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout the world.

Tomter has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe, collaborating with the most distinguished conductors. He is a regular guest at festivals, including Schleswig-Hoistein, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, BBC Proms, Mondseetage, Styriarte, as well as a number of Scandinavian festivals. His recordings include Walton’s Viola Concerto for Naxos. In addition, he is artistic director of the Norwegian Risør Chamber Music Festival. Lars Anders Tomter is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

He plays a Gasparo da Salò viola dating from 1590.

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.

Brabbins, Martyn

Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2005-2007, he was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, a position which started in September 2009. After studying composition in London and then conducting with Ilya Musin in Leningrad, his career was launched when he won first prize at the 1988 Leeds Conductors' Competition. Since then Brabbins has regularly conducted all the major UK orchestras and is much sought-after in Europe, notably in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia.   
Brabbins’ symphonic engagements have included appearances at London's  South Bank in subscription with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras, his Tokyo debut, with the Tokyo Metropolitan (where he returns in 2011); and visits to the Netherlands Radio Chamber in the prestigious Matinee series, the Residentie Orkest, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester and Lahti Symphony.  He is a regular guest with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Halle and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, and appears several times each season with the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras in subscription and at the BBC Proms.
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Four substantial orchestral works by John Woolrich: The Barber's Timepiece, inspired by a short story by Italo Calvino; the Oboe Concerto, featuring Nicholas Daniel; The Ghost in the Machine, which explores the idea of order sliding into chaos; and the Viola Concerto, which is structured as a cycle of 'songs without words', alluding to Tristan, Mozart's Idomeneo and Cosi fan tutte, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and madrigals by Monteverdi.


Gramophone: Editor's Choice

'A strong and individual voice in music of real substance. The fine soloists bring the concertos vividly to life. Well worth exploring.'  Gramophone


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Recording date: 9 and 11 February 1999

Recording venue:  BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London

Engineer:  Mike Clements
Producer: Colin Matthews 
Editing & mastering: Marian Tryggvason

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 2001 NMC Recordings Ltd

Faber Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D071
Release Date:
6 January 2001