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PAUL DANIEL

Paul Daniel began his musical career as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral and then won a music scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, after which he studied conducting at the Guildhall School of Music. He went on to study with Franco Ferrara in Italy, and with Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Edward Downes in England. Between 1982 and 1987 he was a member of the music staff of English National Opera, becoming chief conductor in 1987 of the Music Factory, with which he had been associated since 1981. With this company he conducted operas by Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle and György Ligeti. Alongside his work in the opera house, he conducted orchestras in the United Kingdom and abroad, making his American début in 1988 with the London Sinfonietta.

Between 1990 and 1997 Daniel was chief conductor of the Leeds-based Opera North, succeeding the company’s founder David Lloyd-Jones. With Opera North he conducted several productions of unusual repertoire, such as Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, Korngold’s Violanta, and Verdi’s Jérusalem, as well as major repertory pieces such as Verdi’s Don Carlos. During this time as conductor at Opera North, Daniel developed a good sense of operatic style, which stood him in strong stead when he moved back to the English National Opera as chief conductor between 1997 and 2005. Here he maintained his interest in contemporary music, conducting the première of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie in 2000.

Paul Daniel is an effective conductor who can turn his baton to a wide range of musical styles and eras, although he is most at home in the music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has recorded extensively for the Naxos label, most notably the music of Sir William Walton, with several of his major works committed to disc including the two symphonies, and the violin, viola and cello concertos. Also of note for Naxos is his conducting of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Elgar’s Symphony No. 3 (in the completion by Anthony Payne) and Vaughan Williams’s ‘A Sea Symphony’. For Decca, Daniel has conducted Mendelssohn’s Elijah, with Bryn Terfel in the title role. His operatic recordings include a complete performance of Opera North’s production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (Chandos), and several recital discs featuring Lesley Garrett and Bryn Terfel, as well as the guitarist John Williams. An issue of particular interest is a varied programme devoted to the music of Sir Thomas Armstrong (Chandos).

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Patmore (A–Z of Conductors, Naxos 8.558087–90).

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
20th Century British Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos 8.505077
ELGAR Complete Symphonies Naxos 8.503187
Naxos Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Box Set Naxos 8.506013

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
BEST OF LONDON Naxos
8.572098-99
Orchestral
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.503134
Orchestral
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.557246-47
Orchestral
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES (A) Naxos
8.570227-28
Orchestral
BRITTEN, B.: Gloriana (Royal Opera House, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7134D
Opera DVD
BRITTEN, B.: Gloriana (Royal Opera House, 2013) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1124D
Opera DVD
BRITTEN, B.: Gloriana (Studio Production, 2000) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0955D
Opera DVD
BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia (ENO, Aldeburgh Festival 2001) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7135D
Opera DVD
BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia (ENO, Aldeburgh Festival 2001) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1123D
Opera DVD
ELGAR: Symphony No. 3 Naxos
5.110003
Orchestral
ELGAR-PAYNE: Symphony No. 3 Naxos
8.554719
Orchestral
Gramophone Awards 2000 Naxos
8.555303
Orchestral, Concertos
Klassiska Favoriter Guld - Det bästa av det bästa ur Klassiska Favoriter (Gold Classical Favorites) Naxos
8.503129
Choral - Secular
MACABRE MASTERPIECES Naxos
8.557930-31
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Mitridate, re di Ponto (Royal Opera House, 1993) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAR3105D
Opera DVD
Music and Video Club Vol. 2 (UK Only) Naxos
8.555082
Orchestral
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Orchestral, Concertos
Rule Britannia: Last Night of the Proms Naxos
8.553981
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Secular
SEA IN MUSIC (THE) Naxos
8.578269-70
Orchestral
SEA PICTURES (2-CD set) Naxos
8.578017-18
Orchestral
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Concertos
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSONS - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos
8.503135
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Secular
THREE ELIZABETHS (THE): A Musical Celebration of Britain through the Centuries Naxos
8.557032-33
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556835
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony" Naxos
8.557059
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1, 'A Sea Symphony' Naxos
5.110016
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1, 'A Sea Symphony' Naxos
6.110016
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 / Flos Campi Naxos
8.557276
Orchestral
WALTON, W.: Symphony No. 2 / Viola Concerto (Tomter, English Northern Philharmonia, Daniel) Naxos
8.553402
Concertos, Orchestral
WALTON: Belshazzar's Feast / Crown Imperial Naxos
8.555869
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
WALTON: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue / Sinfonia Concertante / Hindemith Variations Naxos
8.553869
Orchestral
WALTON: Symphony No. 1 / Partita Naxos
8.553180
Orchestral
WALTON: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Naxos
8.554325
Concertos





 
 
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