“Mezzo-soprano Diane Moore portrayed Spring as a kind of earth mother, rich in tones and bossy over the others…baritone Douglas Williams wore a pompous air…As in their previous Tanglewood appearances, McGegan had his period-instrument orchestra playing with impressive unanimity and spirit.” – Read more at berkshireeagle.com.
“The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s string-playing is routinely urbane, and the continuo group’s realisa-tions are impeccably shaded…Diana Moore is expressive with words and musical details in Spring’s splendid arias…part 2 has a theatrical impact thanks to Douglas Williams’s resonance and mastery across a wide-ranging tessitura. This is a delightfully enjoyable revelation of the elder Scarlatti’s genius.” […]
“Mezzo-soprano Diana Moore made a gracious Spring, her vibrato taut and phrasing lithe…Bass-baritone Douglas Williams provided a comically pompous and jaunty Jove. Meanwhile, McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque supported in glowing hues and lyrical lines, the rhythm driven from the bottom of the orchestra (as in a good jazz band) and the violins gamboling ebulliently.” […]
“The Zankel performance featured the same fine vocal soloists heard on the recording: Diana Moore as Spring, Suzana Ograjensek as Summer, Clint van der Linde as Autumn, Nicholas Phan as Winter and Douglas Williams as Jove.” – Read more at nytimes.com.
“There are significant variations in terms of rhythm, color and timbre from one formally prescribed structure to the next which were clearly emphasized by McGegan and his ensemble. Several invocations of nature – pastoral images, a tempest, the flowing Danube – were all beautifully rendered…Among the members of the soloist quintet, English mezzo-soprano Diana Moore […]
“…the vocal writing is fluid and winningly elaborate, and the performers deliver it smartly — particularly mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, who makes the triumph of Spring feel entirely merited. McGegan’s brisk leadership gives the whole thing some welcome vitality.” – Read more at sfgate.com.
“Music Director Nicholas McGegan assembled a world-class band of instrumentalists and vocalists for the October 4, 2015 North American premiere, which was recorded in Berkeley’s First Congregational Church…Turn off the lights, put on this recording, and revel in bliss.” – Read more at sfcv.org.
“McGegan selected this music for the first concert of the 2015–2016 Philharmonia Baroque season. This was a particularly auspicious occasion. Not only did it mark the beginning of the ensemble’s 35th season, but also it celebrated McGegan’s 30th season as Music Director. In San Francisco the beginning of the season also celebrated the return of […]
“There were four soloists who each distinguished themselves but hats off to tenor Ben Johnson (professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music) and mezzo Diana Moore whose voice conjures memories of Kathleen Ferrier.” – Read more
“Spring, sung by the fine, dusky-voiced mezzo soprano Diana Moore, holds bragging rights in the end, when an amusingly self-important Jove (baritone Douglas Williams) deems her triumphant over her seasonal rivals.” – Read more