McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

“In each the singers and players were as stylish, precise and expressive as one would expect, given that McGegan is a lively conductor who in 32 years has made the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale one of the finest such groups in the United States…But Panthaki’s contributions excelled even that, eliciting audible sighs of contentment […]

McGegan and PBO offer “musical discoveries and delights”

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
McGegan and PBO offer “musical discoveries and delights”

“Haydn was the headliner for their February 7–11 “Harmonic Convergence” series of concerts, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra made sure he lived up to the billing. In giving their all to two substantial works — the Cello Concerto No. 2, with an intense Steven Isserlis as soloist, and the (mostly) absorbing Symphony No.43 (“Mercury”) — […]

McGegan and PBO will bring Handel to Caramoor

McGegan and PBO will bring Handel to Caramoor

“This summer Caramoor will present operas from earlier periods. A concert performances of Handel’s “Atalanta” will feature Nicholas McGegan conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco.” — Read more at The New York Times. Photo: Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

Panthaki is “sensational” and Moore “shimmering” in PBO’s Joseph with Mcgegan

Panthaki is “sensational” and Moore “shimmering” in PBO’s Joseph with Mcgegan

“Panthaki was absolutely sensational, singing with sumptuous tone, extraordinarily flexible and apparently effortless coloratura, and impeccable diction…the role of Joseph was elegantly sung by mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, whose burnished low notes resounded darkly while her shimmering high notes shone brightly…conductor Nicholas McGegan led his period-instrument orchestra in a rhythmically pulsating score.” — Read more at […]

McGegan and Panthaki bring Vivaldi to St. Louis Symphony

McGegan and Panthaki bring Vivaldi to St. Louis Symphony

“McGegan is always fun to watch as he dances about the podium, and his expressiveness set the tone for the entire concert…First came two arias from Vivaldi’s first opera, composed in 1713, “Ottone in villa.” “Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia” is a showy piece; it was sung brilliantly by soprano Sherezade Panthaki.” — Read […]

McGegan and Cleveland deliver “perfect 18th century package”

Posted on Nov 18, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan and Cleveland deliver “perfect 18th century package”

“His expertise in the early Classical period radiated through a performance marked by sharp dynamic contrast, tapered phrasing, and keen attention to detail. To the extent that it’s possible to enliven and spruce up Mozart’s music, McGegan did so. The Finale was a pure Classical thrill ride. Repeatedly, in a movement marked Presto, McGegan rallied […]

The Strad: “Vivid and beautifully shaped Mozart from a Hungarian-British team”

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
The Strad: “Vivid and beautifully shaped Mozart from a Hungarian-British team”

“This is a well-established team: Zsolt Kallo has been concertmaster of Capella Savaria, the first period-instrument ensemble in Hungary, since 1999 and Nicholas McGegan has been working with them for 30 years. It shows in their easy rapport and precision of ensemble.” — Tim Homfray — Read more in the November 2017 issue of The […]

McGegan/OAE premiere Sally Beamish’s “Judas Passion”

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan/OAE premiere Sally Beamish’s “Judas Passion”

“Beamish’s music called some extraordinary sonorities from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Nicholas McGegan, their forces distilled to eleven strings; pairs of flutes, horns and trumpets; harpsichord, lute and percussion.” — Read more at bachtrack.com.

McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

“It’s all perhaps closer to opera than to oratorio, and this premiere, with the OAE’s finely detailed playing shaped by Nicholas McGegan, was economically and unfussily staged by Peter Thomson.” — Read more at The Guardian.

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 […]