Cummings: Susanna CD review – intensely moving

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 in Laurence Cummings, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings: Susanna CD review – intensely moving

“Laurence Cummings’s new version with Göttingen festival forces captures fully the uplifting, pastoral, ethereal vision in arias such as Susanna’s “Crystal streams in murmurs flowing”, and his cast, while not all perfect in English, are responsive, with Ciara Hendrick outstanding. Beautiful.” — Read more at theguardian.com.

Labelle’s ‘Mi Palpita il Cor’ on Navona Records

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Dominique Labelle, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Labelle’s ‘Mi Palpita il Cor’ on Navona Records

“Love may make the world go ‘round, but it also provided creative grist for the mills of baroque composers…Steffani’s Guardati O Core warns of Cupid’s fateful arrow, with Montreal-born soprano Dominique Labelle easily navigating the florid ornamentation and tripping runs during each of her arias.” — Read more at Winnipeg Free Press.

Labelle’s new album “Mi Palpiti il Cor” with Musica Pacifica

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 in Dominique Labelle, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Labelle’s new album “Mi Palpiti il Cor” with Musica Pacifica

“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.

Labelle’s “captivating” voice in Mi Palpita il Cor

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Dominique Labelle, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Labelle’s “captivating” voice in Mi Palpita il Cor

“…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.

Labelle offers “Music for a Beating Heart”

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Dominique Labelle, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Labelle offers “Music for a Beating Heart”

“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 […]

La Gloria di Primavera: Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice

La Gloria di Primavera: Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice

“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.” […]

Scarlatti, ‘La Gloria di Primavera’ review

Posted on May 4, 2016 in Diana Moore, Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Scarlatti, ‘La Gloria di Primavera’ review

“…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.

SF Classical Voice: “Revel in Bliss” – McGegan, Moore, Williams latest PBO recording

SF Classical Voice: “Revel in Bliss” – McGegan, Moore, Williams latest PBO recording

“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.

Examiner: McGegan’s latest release “celebrates landmarks”

Examiner: McGegan’s latest release “celebrates landmarks”

“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 […]