“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” […]
“…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 […]
“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.
“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 […]
“…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 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
“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 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.
“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.