“Thomas Cooley’s light and flexible delivery maintained a generally cool narrative tone, yet was capable of dramatic intensity when it came to describing Christ’s agonized prayer or Peter’s weeping acknowledgement of his triple denial.” — Read more at The Boston Music Intelligencer.
“The moment opened a brief window onto the kind of meltingly expressive repertoire that once held the stage and delighted countless listeners — and that did so again on this occasion.” — Read more at SF Gate
“Special kudos go to the soloists…British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson, who knows how to imbue every note with drama.” — Read more at The Toronto Star. Photo: Tafelmusik and singers perform Alexander’s Feast by Handel on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Koerner Hall. (JOHN TERAUDS)
“British conductor Matthew Halls, in his SLSO debut, led with plenty of vigor and no baton…. His account of the Schubert was as well-formed as it was energetic.” — Read more at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Quigley blended the orchestral and choral forces skillfully. His moderate tempo in the great opening chorus allowed the music to work its deeply moving spell…The many reflective chorales that provide commentary on the story benefited from Quigley’s supple play of dynamics and natural pacing….shaped with unhurried breadth by Quigley and displaying the entire ensemble’s beautifully […]
“Haydn was the headliner for their February 7–11 “Harmonic Convergence” series of concerts, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra made sure he lived up to the billing. In giving their all to two substantial works — the Cello Concerto No. 2, with an intense Steven Isserlis as soloist, and the (mostly) absorbing Symphony No.43 (“Mercury”) — […]
“This summer Caramoor will present operas from earlier periods. A concert performances of Handel’s “Atalanta” will feature Nicholas McGegan conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco.” — Read more at The New York Times. Photo: Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times
Mainly behind the success was the grace of the music itself under visiting conductor Jory Vinikour. His fingers flew precise instructions simultaneously to baroque instruments and singers alike. And the sense of repetition built into baroque vocal passages was nicely varied and reconstructed. — Read more at Urban Milwaukee.
“Late last year the Houston Symphony earned its first ever Grammy Award nomination for best opera recording with “Berg: Wozzeck.” Surprising almost everyone involved, the recording won the Grammy Sunday evening in New York….The Grammy was preceded by another huge honor for the symphony; it received the prestigious ECHO Klassik award last fall in Germany.” […]