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 […]

McGegan and RNS play “with irresistible spirit” at Proms in Hull

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan and RNS play “with irresistible spirit” at Proms in Hull

“Under Nicholas McGegan, the Royal Northern Sinfonia played with irresistible spirit, and a boisterous crowd cheered everything. Nothing entertained more than the scintillating encore: Iain Farrington’s A Shipshape Shindig, an off-kilter take on The Sailor’s Hornpipe that should go straight into the Last Night of the Proms.” — Read more at The Times.

Making history: first BBC Prom held in Yorkshire in nearly 90 years

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Making history: first BBC Prom held in Yorkshire in nearly 90 years

“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 […]

McGegan “catching the spirit of an era” at Aspen

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “catching the spirit of an era” at Aspen

“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.

McGegan “radiates the joy” at Aspen

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “radiates the joy” at Aspen

“Conducting without a baton, McGegan communicated what was needed with facial expressions, dancelike body movements and graceful hand gestures. No conductor radiates the joy in music quite like McGegan does…” — Read more at aspentimes.com.

McGegan leads Mozart at the Van Cliburn Competition

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan leads Mozart at the Van Cliburn Competition

“One of the happiest developments over the 20 years I’ve covered the Cliburn has been the FWSO’s vast improvement under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director for the last 16 years. But, given the orchestra’s relatively little experience in 18th-century style, it was a great idea to book a specialist, Nicholas McGegan, to conduct this round. Sure […]

McGegan’s “gorgeous, utterly placid” Mozart

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “gorgeous, utterly placid” Mozart

“McGegan, who is noted for his expertise in 18th-century music, conducted about two dozen strings in a completely gorgeous, utterly placid recitation of the Mozart composition…Aside from being a masterful conductor, McGegan is a joy to watch.” — Read more at The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Photo: Jeff Roffman

McGegan, PBO’s ‘Temple’ “rendered with nobility and verve”

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan, PBO’s ‘Temple’ “rendered with nobility and verve”

“…rendered with nobility and verve by the orchestra under Music Director Nicholas McGegan…This was billed as the modern premiere of a work that has lain dormant for centuries; encountering it on stage at last was like watching a resplendently bedecked giant stirring to life.” — Read more at sfchronicle.com. Photo: Frank Wing

McGegan’s “trademark verve and attention to detail”

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “trademark verve and attention to detail”

“McGegan conducted with his trademark verve and attention to detail, drawing forceful orchestral responses in the triumphant music and gentle, opulent sound in the pastoral scenes.” — Read more at mercurynews.com.

“Philharmonia Baroque stages rare performance of a resurrected gem…”

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Events, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
“Philharmonia Baroque stages rare performance of a resurrected gem…”

“With top-quality Baroque works performed in the Bay Area each year, music lovers might be tempted to think they’ve heard everything the era produced. But this weekend at Zellerbach Hall, audiences are about to experience a rare French Baroque masterwork – a fully staged production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1745 opera-ballet “Le Temple de la Gloire” […]