“The orchestra, stretched to 40 players (triple winds plus extra percussion and a musette [bagpipe]), captures all the rapidly shifting moods brilliantly. There are tons of short, contrasting movements, the essence of this court entertainment, and Music Director Nicholas McGegan puts the orchestra through its paces, thoroughly characterizing each one.” — Read more at San […]
McGegan, who has been the music director of the orchestra, since 1985, has made numerous recordings with the organization, particularly of early works including Handel’s “Messiah,” “Dido and Aeneas,” and the concertos of Corelli, among many others. But McGegan and his orchestra may have topped all those other notable efforts with its upcoming release of […]
“Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale have just released a recording of an opera that is a perfect example of Rameau’s genius. “Le Temple de la Gloire” (“The Temple of Glory”) was first performed in 1745 at Versailles to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Fontenoy and features a libretto […]
“…a thrillingly colourful performance…Nicholas McGegan’s Swedish Chamber Orchestra give the catchy opening tutti just enough strut, and Frank-Gemmill’s acrobatic intro is a winner…” — Read more at The Arts Desk
“Frank-Gemmill delivers both with dulcet tone and impressive fluidity, helped by Nicholas McGegan and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, who accompany with agility and finesse.” — Read more at wqxr.org.
“Late last year the Houston Symphony earned its first ever Grammy Award nomination for best opera recording with “Berg: Wozzeck.” Surprising almost everyone involved, the recording won the Grammy Sunday evening in New York….The Grammy was preceded by another huge honor for the symphony; it received the prestigious ECHO Klassik award last fall in Germany.” […]
“Coming on the recent heels of winning the equivalent of a European Grammy known as the ECHO Klassik Award, the Houston Symphony has now earned a nomination for an American Grammy. It’s in the category of Best Opera Recording, and it’s for their recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, the title referring to the tragic main […]
“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 […]
“The early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, led by scholar and director Paul Agnew, has been exploring the composer’s rarely heard trove of madrigals and has opened a whole new avenue into 17th century music…It’s love with an innocence and simplicity far removed from our own time.” — Read more at postbulletin.com.
“…what Laurence Cummings produces each year with this band of period specialists – drawn from ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – is something quite unique and wonderful. It’s a sound of zing, spring, heat and finesse; light-textured yet intense; multicoloured and with bristling timbres leaping so vividly […]