Quigley’s direction is “technically dazzling…” with Seraphic Fire

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Quigley’s direction is “technically dazzling…” with Seraphic Fire

“…under Quigley’s direction, the work was technically dazzling in its virtuoso vocal writing, yet human-scaled and emotionally expressive…” — Read more at South Florida Classical Review.

McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

“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.

McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

“The rare performance of the oratorio was directed by baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan, who extracted every ounce of drama from the score, while maintaining a driving momentum to the narrative.” — Read more at The Northern Echo.

Butterfield is “dramatic and dynamic” as the Evangelist

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Benjamin Butterfield, Reviews | No Comments
Butterfield is “dramatic and dynamic” as the Evangelist

“The other essential element, Ben Butterfield as the Evangelist, was confident and his diction excellent. He judged the text perfectly, and was dramatic and dynamic when appropriate.” — Read more at Music in Victoria.

Seattle Times: Stubbs brings “authenticity and great quality” to Performance

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in Reviews, Stephen Stubbs | No Comments
Seattle Times: Stubbs brings “authenticity and great quality” to Performance

“The involvement of musical director Stephen Stubbs, an early-music specialist who also leads Pacific MusicWorks and is senior artist in residence at the University of Washington, is always a guarantee of both authenticity and great quality. It was Stubbs’ idea to use the 20-minute Monteverdi work as the centerpiece of a show that is preceded […]

Halls, Bragle, Dobson, & Panthaki deliver Mozart’s Requiem in Milwaukee

Halls, Bragle, Dobson, & Panthaki deliver Mozart’s Requiem in Milwaukee

“Guest conductor Matthew Halls led the orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, and soprano Sherezade Panthaki, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Lawrence Wiliford and baritone Alexander Dobson in an emotionally charged performance.” — Read more at jsonline.com. Photo: Jonathan Kirn / MSO

Cooley featured in NY Times’ “This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments”

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley featured in NY Times’ “This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments”

“The tenor Thomas Cooley opened with Britten’s setting of Michelangelo’s Sonnet XVI. So here was a tenor, using the extravagantly resonant acoustics of a National Gallery of Art domed courtyard, to pour phrases of molten quicksilver into notes dreamed up by a composer who, as a gift to his lover, had set to music a […]

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.

“Concert Review: Tenor-pianist delight with musical medley”

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 in Benjamin Butterfield, Reviews | No Comments
“Concert Review: Tenor-pianist delight with musical medley”

“If I were to write a Twitter review of Sunday’s concert by Benjamin Butterfield and Sarah Hagen, it would go something like this: “Lyrical. Whimsical. Intimate. Multicultural. Excellent!…The headliners, tenor Benjamin Butterfield and pianist Sarah Hagen, both internationally acclaimed musicians, put together a fantastic program that gave the audience a taste of music from many […]

Taylor gives a “powerfully transformative” performance alongside Tallis Scholars

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 in Daniel Taylor, Reviews | No Comments
Taylor gives a “powerfully transformative” performance alongside Tallis Scholars

“Alternating with Phillips as conductor, University of Toronto Head of Historical Performance, renowned countertenor Daniel Taylor, joined by artists of the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music augmented and expanded the repertoire in a glorious demonstration of exquisitely detailed programming.” — Read more at Opera Going Toronto.