Rose and NYCO honor Argento at 90

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose and NYCO honor Argento at 90

“Under Rose’s direction, the NYCO orchestra played with polish and style, producing an impressive volume of sound for such a small band.” — Read more at New York Classical Review.

Schwalbe artists give “rich, soaring performances” in Milwaukee

Schwalbe artists give “rich, soaring performances” in Milwaukee

“Dinur, the orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, and sopranos Sherezade Panthaki and Yulia Van Doren, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Dominic Armstrong and baritone Alexander Dobson captured the individual character of each of the brief movements, knitting them into a compelling musical whole. The vocal soloists gave musically rich, soaring performances of their solo movements…” — […]

Cummings and RNS show Haydn’s genius

Posted on Oct 30, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings and RNS show Haydn’s genius

“Conductor Laurence Cummings kept order effectively with occasional – and audible – leaps and histrionic gestures. Soloists Mary Bevan (soprano), Anthony Gregory (tenor) and Henry Waddington (Bass) were resplendent in the sustained and demanding arias and recitatives with which Haydn showed the way for all composers after him.” — Read more at The Huddersfield Daily […]

Rose’s “accustomed clarity and assurance” leads Donizetti

Posted on Oct 27, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s “accustomed clarity and assurance” leads Donizetti

“In Odyssey Opera’s Thursday performance of Domenico Gaetano Donizetti’s rarely mounted L’assedio di Calais (The Siege of Calais), Gil Rose led the assorted forces with his accustomed clarity and assurance. Strong on all fronts that matter, from set design, stage direction, costumes, singers, and orchestra, the show delighted from beginning to end. Anyone with a […]

Halls’ “bold energy and élan” with Houston Symphony

Posted on Oct 21, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “bold energy and élan” with Houston Symphony

“Halls led the orchestra in the familiar strains of the first movement with bold energy and élan. The grand, faintly pompous waltz of the 3rd movement gave way to a 4th that felt as though Halls and the orchestra were playing with contained energy. It’s as if they had all the sonic energy of Mozart’s […]

Quigley “encapsulated” Monteverdi’s “reverence and drama”

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Quigley “encapsulated” Monteverdi’s “reverence and drama”

“To open Seraphic Fire’s 16th season, artistic director Patrick Quigley presented a Monteverdi rarity–highlights from the Selva Morale et Spirituale—Wednesday night at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami. A series of sacred works published in 1640 and 1641 and written for the Basilica of San Marco in Venice , these scores represent Monteverdi at […]

The Strad: “Vivid and beautifully shaped Mozart from a Hungarian-British team”

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
The Strad: “Vivid and beautifully shaped Mozart from a Hungarian-British team”

“This is a well-established team: Zsolt Kallo has been concertmaster of Capella Savaria, the first period-instrument ensemble in Hungary, since 1999 and Nicholas McGegan has been working with them for 30 years. It shows in their easy rapport and precision of ensemble.” — Tim Homfray — Read more in the November 2017 issue of The […]

Schade’s “sweet, plangent tone” with Chicago Symphony

Posted on Oct 7, 2017 in Michael Schade, Reviews | No Comments
Schade’s “sweet, plangent tone” with Chicago Symphony

“Michael Schade’s sweet, plangent tone made the most of the tenor’s solo moments in the sun.” — Chicago Classical Review “The conductor also had an excellent team of soloists…among whom Schade stood out for the strength of his “Sanctus,” ” — The Chicago Tribune

Bragle’s “sterling interpretation” with Tempesta di Mare

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 in Meg Bragle, Reviews | No Comments
Bragle’s “sterling interpretation” with Tempesta di Mare

“Tempesta’s chamber ensemble was comprised of co-director Gwyn Roberts on flute & recorder, violinists Emlyn Ngai & Rebecca Harris, Lisa Terry on cello & viola da gamba, co-director and theorbo player Richard Stone, and harpsichordist Adam Pearl. Together they caught the courtly elegance, exquisite phrasing, lively rhythms and tart timbres of the five instrumental works […]

McGegan/OAE premiere Sally Beamish’s “Judas Passion”

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan/OAE premiere Sally Beamish’s “Judas Passion”

“Beamish’s music called some extraordinary sonorities from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Nicholas McGegan, their forces distilled to eleven strings; pairs of flutes, horns and trumpets; harpsichord, lute and percussion.” — Read more at bachtrack.com.