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.

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 […]

New Recordings from Rose and BMOP

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Gil Rose | No Comments
New Recordings from Rose and BMOP

“The Boston Modern Orchestra Project offers three works by a composer devoted to complex, high-density, post-tonal writing…Gil Rose, the orchestra’s founding artistic director, both conducts and produces the recordings, which sound consistently superb.” — Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

LA Times: McGegan and Panthaki at The Bowl for all-Vivaldi

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
LA Times: McGegan and Panthaki at The Bowl for all-Vivaldi

It’s as reliable as a sunrise: a Nicholas McGegan appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in August. The conductor was at his perennial Bowl gig again Thursday night, and as usual McGegan’s agenda was locked into the 18th century — all Vivaldi this time…a later solo showcase allowed Panthaki to display her full, luxuriously toned upper […]

Halls’ “18th century splendour”

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “18th century splendour”

“Conductor Matthew Halls transported us back to glorious times with flair, prefacing Handel’s Zadok the Priest with a punchy fanfare of his own devising.” — William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

McGegan/PBO’s Le Temple “proved an utter delight”

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan/PBO’s Le Temple “proved an utter delight”

“The two most notable operatic events of the spring in San Francisco had nothing to do with the San Francisco Opera and both represented a major collaboration between music and dance. In Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall (April 28), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Cal Performances collaborated on the first modern […]