Cummings’ Mozart is “a delight” with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ Mozart is “a delight” with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

“His Mozart Paris Symphony was a delight, full of gesture and rhetoric – seldom can its first movement’s rushing scales have had so much sheer meaning – but superbly balanced in a buoyant slow movement.” — Read more at The Scotsman.

“Cummings, NSO serve up a fresh take on Handel’s “Messiah””

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
“Cummings, NSO serve up a fresh take on Handel’s “Messiah””

“This year the honor fell to Laurence Cummings…he brought an easy authority to the score, conducting from one of the two harpsichords in the orchestra, augmented nicely by portative organ in the larger pieces…In the hall’s vast acoustic it was a sound that never overwhelmed the ears and often required one to lean in and […]

Cummings and Williams in National Symphony’s ‘Messiah’

Cummings and Williams in National Symphony’s ‘Messiah’

“Rapid passagework in Baroque music can sound finicky, with a kind of sewing-machine needling; but time and again, Cummings encouraged playing and singing that were smooth, gentle, even tender — from the chorus in “He shall purify,” with its rapidly ornamented, high-flying lines, or from the strings in the recitative “There were shepherds.” …”James Kryshak, […]

Cummings: Susanna CD review – intensely moving

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings: Susanna CD review – intensely moving

“Laurence Cummings’s new version with Göttingen festival forces captures fully the uplifting, pastoral, ethereal vision in arias such as Susanna’s “Crystal streams in murmurs flowing”, and his cast, while not all perfect in English, are responsive, with Ciara Hendrick outstanding. Beautiful.” — Read more at theguardian.com.

Cummings conducts Handel at Buxton Festival

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings conducts Handel at Buxton Festival

“Just a generation ago, to hear an account of a Handel opera as graceful, as nuanced, in fact as consistently beautiful as this would still have been a matter of luck.” — Read more at The Spectator

Cummings’ “perfect pacing” at Göttingen Festival

Posted on May 13, 2016 in Laurence Cummings | No Comments
Cummings’ “perfect pacing” at Göttingen Festival

“Despite swaths of flesh-coloured silk, foppish ribbons and much elaborate positioning of hands, Imeneo is remarkably musically convincing for an opera once described by a contemporary as “the worst of all Handel’s compositions”. That is thanks to Cummings’ perfect pacing and the infectiously catchy phrasing he draws from his excellent orchestra and cast.” – Read […]

Cummings’ “St. Matthew Passion” at St George’s, Hanover Square

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ “St. Matthew Passion” at St George’s, Hanover Square

“Laurence Cummings held everything together with his customary enthusiasm and commitment, and he drew very fine playing from the London Handel Orchestra…” – Read more at musicomh.com.

Cummings gives “emotional depth” to Handel’s Ariodante

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings gives “emotional depth” to Handel’s Ariodante

“As always, the strength of the festival’s opera offerings is found down in the orchestra pit, where Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra brought Ariodante to life with vitality and emotional depth.” – Read more at ft.com.

Cummings brings “verve and rhythmic attack” to Handel Festival

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings brings “verve and rhythmic attack” to Handel Festival

“The London Handel Festival is back, and instead of ploughing their usual furrow of rarely-seen works, this year’s opera is a classic…Laurence Cummings drives the performance with all his usual verve and rhythmic attack.” – Read more at theartsdesk.com.

Cummings’ “thrilling” performance with Handel and Haydn Society

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ “thrilling” performance with Handel and Haydn Society

“…his frenetic flight through a liturgical season over the course of a single evening can’t help but thrilling fun in the exciting, historically-informed hands of H&H under Laurence Cummings…” – Read more at The Boston Musical Intelligencer