“…the special visit to Hull, as part of the classical music programme’s ‘Proms at…’ series, is a huge honour with the festival rarely travelling outside of London. Fittingly, Stage@TheDock will host the concert inspired by the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music. The music was first performed for George I on […]
“Period performance specialist Mr McGegan has worked with the Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia for more than a decade. Mr McGegan – two of whose ancestors were organists at Beverley Minster in the 18th and 19th centuries – said: “It’s the first Prom outside London in 123 years – it has taken a while. “It’s the […]
“On Friday at Jordan Hall Gil Rose and Odyssey Opera once again have put Boston opera lovers in their debt with a powerful concert performance of a work that few in the audience are every likely to be able to see onstage or even hear live again, Alexander Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (The Dwarf)” — Read […]
“…under Quigley’s direction, the work was technically dazzling in its virtuoso vocal writing, yet human-scaled and emotionally expressive…” — Read more at South Florida Classical Review.
“Handel uses the chorus and orchestra to great descriptive effect in the more dramatic parts of the story – the ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea – and here McGegan brought out every colourful detail to great effect.” — Read more at bachtrack.com.
“In the words of McGegan, “It’s extravagant, spectacular beyond description.” The score that, he suggests, Rameau composed as if afflicted by “musical attention deficit syndrome” — more on that later — has played like a gorgeous soundtrack in McGegan’s dreams for nearly three decades. Years after John Shepard discovered the original 1745 manuscript in the […]
“The other essential element, Ben Butterfield as the Evangelist, was confident and his diction excellent. He judged the text perfectly, and was dramatic and dynamic when appropriate.” — Read more at Music in Victoria.
“The audience participation brought a rousing conclusion to a very satisfying and very well-played program of varied contemporary pieces—something we have become privileged to expect of conductor Gil Rose and BMOP.” — Read more at classical-scene.com.
“The involvement of musical director Stephen Stubbs, an early-music specialist who also leads Pacific MusicWorks and is senior artist in residence at the University of Washington, is always a guarantee of both authenticity and great quality. It was Stubbs’ idea to use the 20-minute Monteverdi work as the centerpiece of a show that is preceded […]