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” […]

McGegan will bring RNS to Hull for BBC Proms

McGegan will bring RNS to Hull for BBC Proms

“…the special visit to Hull, as part of the classical music programme’s ‘Proms at…’ series, is a huge honour with the festival rarely travelling outside of London. Fittingly, Stage@TheDock will host the concert inspired by the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music. The music was first performed for George I on […]

McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

“Handel uses the chorus and orchestra to great descriptive effect in the more dramatic parts of the story – the ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea – and here McGegan brought out every colourful detail to great effect.” — Read more at bachtrack.com.

McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

“The rare performance of the oratorio was directed by baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan, who extracted every ounce of drama from the score, while maintaining a driving momentum to the narrative.” — Read more at The Northern Echo.

SF Classical Voice: Philharmonia Baroque Goes for the Glory

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
SF Classical Voice: Philharmonia Baroque Goes for the Glory

“In the words of McGegan, “It’s extravagant, spectacular beyond description.” The score that, he suggests, Rameau composed as if afflicted by “musical attention deficit syndrome” — more on that later — has played like a gorgeous soundtrack in McGegan’s dreams for nearly three decades. Years after John Shepard discovered the original 1745 manuscript in the […]

Boston Globe: Playful spirit enlivens Handel and Haydn Society concert

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Boston Globe: Playful spirit enlivens Handel and Haydn Society concert

“…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 conducts Mozart and Arriaga with the Handel + Haydn Society

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan conducts Mozart and Arriaga with the Handel + Haydn Society

“…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