Nicholas Daniel performs Carter

I know we don’t talk much about music here, but I stumbled across this BBC performance of Nicholas Daniel owning Elliot Carter’s oboe concerto. I was not previously aware of either the composer or the performer. All I can say is wow.

5 thoughts on “Nicholas Daniel performs Carter

  • January 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Maybe I should transcribe it for viola. That would b interesting.

    I hadn’t heard Arvo Part either. The piece you linked is incriedbly difficult to play (in my opinion, the cellist didn’t deliver).

    I’m always telling my students, “The easiest thing you’ll ever play is also the hardest thing you’ll ever play.” It takes a unwavering focus, immaculate precision, uncomfortable self-awareness and sustained energy to pull off a piece like that. I know it’s just half notes. But 8 minutes of half notes is difficult, no doubt about it.

    I’m a fan of Phillip Glass, as well.

  • January 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve just been listening to Phillip Glass for the past half hour. :) You have good taste, David. Also, Arvo Part has some wonderful choral arrangements. Look them up sometime!

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