Musical Toronto: 38 Questions For Nicholas McGegan

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
Musical Toronto: 38 Questions For Nicholas McGegan

“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 […]

McGegan, Cooley, Van Doren, Berger, and Taylor: “a Heroic Joshua”

McGegan, Cooley, Van Doren, Berger, and Taylor: “a Heroic Joshua”

“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.

Van Doren was “the evening’s standout” with PBO

Van Doren was “the evening’s standout” with PBO

“…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 presents “a Handel for the rest of us”

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan presents “a Handel for the rest of us”

“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.

McGegan and Panthaki give an “enlightening lecture/recital” at Harvard

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
McGegan and Panthaki give an “enlightening lecture/recital” at Harvard

“McGegan presented an enlightening lecture/recital, bringing this fascinating musical period to life via the Yale Voxtet, a group of eight graduate students at the Institute of Sacred Music, and the excellent Philharmonic Baroque Chamber Players, comprising violinists Katherine Kyme and Noah Strick, cellist Phoebe Carrai, and theorbist David Tayler…Most striking was “Salmo Decimottavo Aria” (O immaculate […]

McGegan, PBO and Levin “Expand Beethoven”

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan, PBO and Levin “Expand Beethoven”

“Despite the fire that badly damaged its long-time East Bay home in the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s season-opening concert at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, was a festive, triumphant affair…Combined with nonferrous strings, the tone, full of warmth but without gratuitous voluptuousness, matched the disciplined direction that conductor Nicholas McGegan took.” — […]

Philharmonia Baroque renders Beethoven’s Sixth in warm, evocative splendor

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Philharmonia Baroque renders Beethoven’s Sixth in warm, evocative splendor

“On a damp and wet Sunday afternoon at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra continued its 36th season, as Nicholas McGegan conducted Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in F Major and Robert Levin performed the Concerto for Fortepiano No. 3 in C minor…Opening at a brisk tempo, McGegan wove together the movements beautifully and rendered […]

Nicholas McGegan brings joy of music to two programs

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Nicholas McGegan brings joy of music to two programs

“Along with superb musicianship and an innate feel for the Baroque and Classical compositions in which he specializes, McGegan also brings to the podium a plenitude of energy, as well as a sense of true joy in the music as he and his instrumentalist colleagues bring it to life….McGegan, whose sense of humor shone forth […]

Conductor Nicholas McGegan brings all-Mozart program to SLSO

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
Conductor Nicholas McGegan brings all-Mozart program to SLSO

“Nicholas McGegan, universally known as “Nic,” is one of the most delightful conductors ever to grace a podium. He’ll be in town next weekend for an all-Mozart program with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra — and at the Sheldon Concert Hall, where he’ll lead the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis in a concert called […]

“Spring’s bounty blooms at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall”

“Spring’s bounty blooms at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall”

“Mezzo-soprano Diane Moore portrayed Spring as a kind of earth mother, rich in tones and bossy over the others…baritone Douglas Williams wore a pompous air…As in their previous Tanglewood appearances, McGegan had his period-instrument orchestra playing with impressive unanimity and spirit.” – Read more at berkshireeagle.com.