The Strad: “Vivid and beautifully shaped Mozart from a Hungarian-British team”

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
The Strad: “Vivid and beautifully shaped Mozart from a Hungarian-British team”

“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 […]

Album review: Agnew’s “Monteverdi’s ‘Madrigali, Vol. 3: Venezia'”

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in Paul Agnew, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Album review: Agnew’s “Monteverdi’s ‘Madrigali, Vol. 3: Venezia'”

“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.

Cummings’ Water Music “worth expanding your collection for”

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ Water Music “worth expanding your collection for”

“…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 […]

Praise for Rose’s “Four Saints in Three Acts”

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 in Gil Rose, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Praise for Rose’s “Four Saints in Three Acts”

“The singers are all excellent, and there’s a sense of ensemble that can’t be heard in some earlier recordings with bigger names. Rose conducts with a pace and wit that remind me of a great Gilbert & Sullivan production.” — Read more at stereophile.com.

Rose’s “Four Saints in Three Acts” with BMOP

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 in Gil Rose, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s “Four Saints in Three Acts” with BMOP

“The orchestra’s playing under Rose is also exemplary: this is a score in which frequent changes of instrumentation create a balancing act that could undo a lesser ensemble.” — Read more at Sequenza21.

Interview – JUNO Spotlight: Daniel Taylor

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in Daniel Taylor, Interview, Recording | No Comments
Interview – JUNO Spotlight: Daniel Taylor

“aniel Taylor is one of the most recognizable names in classical music. Known for his pure and powerful voice, the countertenor has found acclaim on all corners of the globe. His career, spanning several decades, is documented in more than 100 recordings. Born and raised in Ottawa, he now resides in Toronto, where he serves […]

Molomot’s “intrepid singing” in new Wozzeck recording

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 in Marc Molomot, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Molomot’s “intrepid singing” in new Wozzeck recording

“In this performance, that voice belongs to tenor Marc Molomot, whose intrepid singing of the Hauptmann’s angular, awkwardly high-lying music is one of this Wozzeck’s greatest strengths. Precisely what motivates the Hauptmann’s idiosyncratic actions is one of Büchner’s and Berg’s gnawing enigmas, but Molomot, ever a shrewd artist with an uncanny ability to topple façades […]

Rose’s “Virgil Thomson opera, Four Saints in Three Acts”

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in Gil Rose, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s “Virgil Thomson opera, Four Saints in Three Acts”

“This recording is a fine example why I have come to love the work of Gil Rose and his Boston Modern Orchestra Project…All BMOP recordings (even those on other labels) are consistently of the highest quality and the performances are definitive. This series now on the orchestra’s own label is rapidly becoming a sort of […]

Taylor’s “Four Thousand Winter” up for a Juno

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Daniel Taylor, Recording | No Comments
Taylor’s “Four Thousand Winter” up for a Juno

Daniel Taylor Taylor’s CD, “Four Thousand Winter” has been nominated for a 2017 JUNO in the category of “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral.” For more information on the 2017 JUNO Awards and 2017 nominations, please visit www.junoawards.ca.

Molomot’s “brilliantly Falstaffian performance” in ‘The Fairy Queen’

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in Marc Molomot, Recording | No Comments
Molomot’s “brilliantly Falstaffian performance” in ‘The Fairy Queen’

“It was meant to be nasty inside as well. The O’Neill (formerly the Center Theater) had been turned into Club Fairy Queen in “sultry Las Vegas,” and on offer was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” package….It is Puck who undergoes the most touching transformation. Moreover, the example of a brilliantly Falstaffian performance by French tenor Marc […]