CURRENT SEASON

BRITTEN OBOE QUARTET with NICHOLAS DANIEL, oboe and string trio

Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 8pm


Moeran – Phantasy Quartet

Rodney Bennett – Arethusa

Françaix – Cor anglais Quartet

Bach – Goldberg variations – a selection for string trio

Judith Weir – Sundew for violin and cello

Knussen – Cantata, op 15

Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F major, K370

The above slightly updates what appears in the Season Brochure.

World famous oboist, Nicholas Daniel, founded the Britten Oboe Quartet with his colleagues and co-principals of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia. They bring together the highest musical standards through the experience of playing together for many years.

Moeran was brought up in Norfolk and a number of local folk tunes are included in his Phantasy Quartet from 1946, written for Leon Goosens, which starts this diverse programme. The pieces by Rodney Bennett and Knussen exploit the versatility of the oboe and date from the 1970s, as does the cor anglais quartet by Françaix, embued with his sense of fun. Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, written for the virtuoso Friedrich Ramm, a concerto without an orchestra, will round off the evening in a cheerful mood.

“tremendous rhythmic vitality, soloistic virtuosity, interpretative boldness and seasoned rapport…” THE TIMES