“History was made this afternoon as an orchestra struck up by the riverside in Hull – the first time a Prom has been held outside the capital in nearly 90 years. The Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, opened with Telemann’s Water Music Overture followed by Delius’s Summer Night on the River as […]
“Baritone Hadleigh Adams, looking pale, youthful and slightly dazed as Paul, was the evening’s vocal standout; projecting the text with elegant line and idiomatic French, he imbued the character with a sense of unhinged delicacy” — Read more in Opera News (August)
“One of Halls’ many strengths is his ability to keep the musical momentum moving forward, no matter what interpretive obstacles the music presents….a powerful conclusion to another successful Oregon Bach Festival.” — Read more at The Register Guard.
“McGegan is marking the 300th anniversary of Water Music by conducting the piece at a dry dock in Hull, England, later this week. The political intrigue behind the music is no surprise.” — Read more at npr.org. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
“The group’s performance was a landmark for me, the kind of concert you don’t forget. This was due largely to the profoundly beautiful singing of soprano Dominique Labelle…Her sound came out of the air and went back into the air with passion…a great musical conjurer.” — Read more at berkshirereview.net.
“But it was good to hear a work that was a significant stepping stone on Mozart’s rise to greatness. Especially when the English Concert were on superb form throughout under the experienced direction of Laurence Cummings – proving yet again that the principal prerequisite of a fine evening at the opera isn’t the singers but […]
“McGegan proved adept at catching the spirit of the era even on modern instruments with an all-student orchestra…McGegan and the ensemble were especially sparkly in the two final pieces, a short selection from Handel’s “Water Music” and a colorful dip into a suite from Purcell’s Faerie Queen.” — Read more at The Aspen Times.
“The early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, led by scholar and director Paul Agnew, has been exploring the composer’s rarely heard trove of madrigals and has opened a whole new avenue into 17th century music…It’s love with an innocence and simplicity far removed from our own time.” — Read more at postbulletin.com.
“…what Laurence Cummings produces each year with this band of period specialists – drawn from ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – is something quite unique and wonderful. It’s a sound of zing, spring, heat and finesse; light-textured yet intense; multicoloured and with bristling timbres leaping so vividly […]
“Conductor Anne Manson led a skilled and beautifully prepared orchestra through the highly varied scores, providing a rich and supportive backdrop for the impressive array of young singers, all bursting with energy and eager to perform.” — Read more at ebar.com.