“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

McGegan delivers “delight, and a vivid musical experience” at Baltimore

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan delivers “delight, and a vivid musical experience” at Baltimore

“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 leads PBO in “Haydn, Mozart and … Gyrowetz”

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan leads PBO in “Haydn, Mozart and … Gyrowetz”

“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.

McGegan and Panthaki bring Handel and Bach to Pasadena

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
McGegan and Panthaki bring Handel and Bach to Pasadena

“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.