“Labelle has a wonderful voice for this repertoire, clear and light but with plenty of staying power for the extended vocal displays; and the instrumental playing that backs her up is impeccable.” — Read more at infodad.com.
“…a gorgeous, full voice that is quite captivating in each of the works…The music here is really quite compelling, made more so by Labelle’s interpretation and beautiful voice.” — Read more at Cinemusical.
“Dominique Labelle is impressively featured in three cantatas that provide many of the album’s delights…Labelle sings with a plumy tone, judiciously using vibrato when it best serves the music but never subjecting the listener to the disembodied tone of other early music specialists. Hers is a beautiful full lyric soprano voice and the results of […]
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“The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s string-playing is routinely urbane, and the continuo group’s realisa-tions are impeccably shaded…Diana Moore is expressive with words and musical details in Spring’s splendid arias…part 2 has a theatrical impact thanks to Douglas Williams’s resonance and mastery across a wide-ranging tessitura. This is a delightfully enjoyable revelation of the elder Scarlatti’s genius.” […]
“…the vocal writing is fluid and winningly elaborate, and the performers deliver it smartly — particularly mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, who makes the triumph of Spring feel entirely merited. McGegan’s brisk leadership gives the whole thing some welcome vitality.” – Read more at sfgate.com.
“Music Director Nicholas McGegan assembled a world-class band of instrumentalists and vocalists for the October 4, 2015 North American premiere, which was recorded in Berkeley’s First Congregational Church…Turn off the lights, put on this recording, and revel in bliss.” – Read more at sfcv.org.
“McGegan selected this music for the first concert of the 2015–2016 Philharmonia Baroque season. This was a particularly auspicious occasion. Not only did it mark the beginning of the ensemble’s 35th season, but also it celebrated McGegan’s 30th season as Music Director. In San Francisco the beginning of the season also celebrated the return of […]
The African-American concert spiritual, the first truly American form of classical art music, rooted right here in the United States, is celebrated in all its glory on this new collection, Steal Away with Patrick Quigley and Seraphic Fire. “This was our first sort of contribution to the greater classical music form and I think that […]
William Berger’s “Duet” has been chosen as Editor’s Choice in the latest issue of BBC Music Magazine and given 5-stars for performance and an additional 5-stars for recording. “…an ideal partnership for 19th century duets…in casting, revelatory programming and true vocal chamber music making, this CD is a small miracle to be cherished.” – Read […]