“…from the moment that Nicholas McGegan took the podium to conduct the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall Friday night, it was evident that a more playful approach had come to visit. More than once I was tempted to pull the nearest person into a dance, so infectious was the pulse at times. Heads […]
“…McGegan stirred the whole ensemble to a double-forte frenzy, which slowly faded as Don Juan descended and disappeared from view, in as clear a musical depiction of damnation as could be imagined, and extremely effective.” — Read more at The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Photo: Kat Waterman
“Every detail, every gesture in the concert revealed a seriousness of purpose essential to deliver delight, and a vivid musical experience…It was an uplifting and revitalising concert, reminding us that extraordinary music making has no fixed age, and classical music is as varied as it vital.” — Read more at mdtheatreguide.com.
“McGegan clearly understood the paths that Blumenstock chose to forge, and he made sure that PBO was with her every step of the way with just as much confidence and spontaneous energy…” — Read more at The Rehearsal Studio.
“Under his baton, the Pasadena Symphony bounded through these works with all the sureness of movement and graceful charm of an Olympic gymnast…Panthaki’s pert and agile voice carved out Handel’s melismatic vocal lines with all the fineness of detail of an etching in silverplate.” — Read more at crescentavalleyweekly.com.
“Yulia Van Doren, was perhaps the strongest of them all, especially her unique vocal ornamentation that fluttered through the work like a tropical songbird…McGegan has become a serious and convincing voice for the baroque approach to Messiah…In a sentence, this year’s TSO Messiah was about the collective soloists, orchestra, choir, and one conductor, McGegan, with […]
“British-born conductor Nicholas McGegan is as a frequent visitor in Toronto. He last led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra through Handel’s Messiah in 2012, prompting John Terauds to call it the best he had seen in 12 consecutive years. As a specialist in Baroque and Classical period repertoire, he has a point-of-view that is refreshingly undogmatic […]
“In a vigorous and absorbing performance of this 1747 work by Philharmonia Baroque, the musical special effects kept coming Friday, December 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.” — Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.
“…under McGegan’s inspired direction, the performance emerged as one of the period instrument ensemble’s finest offerings in recent memory…for sheer Baroque splendor, the evening’s standout was Yulia Van Doren…Tenor Thomas Cooley was an ideal Joshua — firm-voiced, secure throughout his range, and precise in the demands of Handel’s vocal writing.” — Read more at The […]
“McGegan proved a sprightly, kinetic conductor, bringing out crisp articulations, bouncing rhythms and precise choral articulation (building on Edward Elwyn Jones’s preparation). Without encrustations of tradition to overcome, here was Handel for the rest of us.” — Read more at The Boston Musical Intelligencer.