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 […]

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.

McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

“It’s all perhaps closer to opera than to oratorio, and this premiere, with the OAE’s finely detailed playing shaped by Nicholas McGegan, was economically and unfussily staged by Peter Thomson.” — Read more at The Guardian.

Schade’s “overwhelming performance”

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Artist News | No Comments
Schade’s “overwhelming performance”

“Tenor Michael Schade for his part seemed in essence completely at ease during the first part (of Mahler 8), (and yet) he invested more and more per measure as the symphony progressed amounting to a simply overwhelming performance.” Translated from the French — Read more at ludwig van Montreal.

Rose’s “triumph of stamina and execution”

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s “triumph of stamina and execution”

“…a triumph of stamina and execution…the orchestra as a whole played with far more confidence and conviction than you’d expect for a one-off performance of a rare and challenging score. At the end of the night, the crowd’s ovation was robust, appreciative — and well-deserved.” — Read more at The Boston Globe.

SFCV preview’s McGegan and PBO: “A Passion Play for Judas”

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 in Events, General Updates, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
SFCV preview’s McGegan and PBO: “A Passion Play for Judas”

“The Judas Passion is part of Philharmonia Baroque’s new initiative that brings Baroque music into the 21st century — or is that vice versa? Launched this month, New Music for Old Instruments pairs today’s composers with yesterday’s instruments, both refreshing the repertoire for historically informed performers and audiences, and providing contemporary composers with a rich […]

Williams’ “heroic bass-baritone”

Posted on Sep 10, 2017 in Douglas Williams, Reviews | No Comments
Williams’ “heroic bass-baritone”

“Williams displayed a heroic bass-baritone and brought an imposing presence to his selections. He put across a powerfully dramatic account of Schumann’s “Belsazar,” winnowing down to a strikingly hushed coda. He also lightened his voice and style artfully in two comic, wryly witty excerpts from Heggie’s Songs of the Moon, set to Vachel Lindsay texts.” […]

McGegan won Best of Bay ’16 – ’17

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 in News, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
McGegan won Best of Bay ’16 – ’17

Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s Le Temple de la Gloire has won the “Best Opera Performance” and “Best Dance Performance” categories of San Francisco Classical Voice‘s Best of the Bay 2016 – 2017! Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice

Quigley’s “intensely dramatic” Mozart ‘Requiem’

Posted on Aug 20, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Quigley’s “intensely dramatic” Mozart ‘Requiem’

“Quigley presented an intensely dramatic view of Mozart’s last work…the sonic result of Friday night’s performance hit the ears with an impact that could not have been gainsaid.” — Read more at Cleveland Plain Dealer

Patrick Quigley: In Cleveland, a joyous Mozart Requiem

Posted on Aug 20, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Patrick Quigley: In Cleveland, a joyous Mozart Requiem

“Particularly impressive was Quigleyʼs command of such a large choral group, showing fingertip control of the dynamics and maintaining a vibrant, passionate quality in the singing through even the gentlest passages…Itʼs rare for a visiting conductor to show the level of technical mastery Quigley achieved in limited rehearsal time. The sound was transparent and expertly […]