Cummings conducts the English Concert at Buxton

Posted on Jul 10, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings conducts the English Concert at Buxton

“A major asset is the stylish and sharply defined playing of The English Concert in the pit, while conductor Laurence Cummings superintends a performance with plenty of musical and dramatic clout.” — Read more at thestage.co.uk.

Manson’s “suberb direction” at Merola

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 in Anne Manson, Reviews | No Comments
Manson’s “suberb direction” at Merola

“It was big. Very big. Big voices, talent, operatic passion, program variety, and orchestral accompaniment under Anne Manson’s supportive and superb direction.” — Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

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.

Taylor’s “Carmina Burana” with Toronto Symphony

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 in Daniel Taylor, Reviews | No Comments
Taylor’s “Carmina Burana” with Toronto Symphony

“The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) presents the finale to their “Decades Project: 1930-1939″, CARMINA BURANA by Carl Orff, featuring the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus and soloists Aline Kutan (soprano), Daniel Taylor (countertenor) and Phillip Addis (baritone)…a rare opportunity to hear one of Canada’s most prominent countertenors, Daniel Taylor.” — Read more at […]

Rose’s “brilliant production” of “Patience”

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s “brilliant production” of “Patience”

“Gil Rose led an orchestra of 27, responsive to the high energy happenings on the stage and sounding larger than its numbers in the 890-seat Huntington Avenue Theater…A brilliant production as fun and infectious as this could have easily played for a month instead of just twice…” — Read more at bachtrack.com.

McGegan leads Mozart at the Van Cliburn Competition

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan leads Mozart at the Van Cliburn Competition

“One of the happiest developments over the 20 years I’ve covered the Cliburn has been the FWSO’s vast improvement under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director for the last 16 years. But, given the orchestra’s relatively little experience in 18th-century style, it was a great idea to book a specialist, Nicholas McGegan, to conduct this round. Sure […]

Gil Rose: “”Patience” Charms and Delights”

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Gil Rose: “”Patience” Charms and Delights”

“Gil Rose’s range as organizer and conductor of Odyssey Opera (as well, as of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project) is so well known that it hardly needs reporting here, except to say that once again he has chosen musicians of exceptional quality for the stage, as well as a first-rate orchestra of modest size…to play […]

Dobson “superb” in Toronto Symphony’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 in Alexander Dobson, Reviews | No Comments
Dobson “superb” in  Toronto Symphony’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”

“British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson was superb as he sang his ‘a cappella’ recitatives with authority and dramatic fervour.” — Read more at Toronto Concert Reviews.

Soprano Sherezade Panthaki radiant in Opera Lafayette’s Rameau

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Soprano Sherezade Panthaki radiant in Opera Lafayette’s Rameau

“soprano Sherezade Panthaki…brought a silky legato tone and impeccable intonation to the role of the Indian princess, Zima. In her final showpiece, “Regnez, Plaisirs et Jeux,” she had more than enough sound to fill the hall with a laser-like precision. The embellishments added to the final section were brilliant, including a polished high note at […]

Bragle, Cooley, and Taylor in May Festival finale

Posted on May 28, 2017 in Daniel Taylor, Meg Bragle, Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Bragle, Cooley, and Taylor in May Festival finale

Some of the most memorable moments were provided by the soloists. Mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle made a notable debut, the highlight being a ravishing duet in “Laudamus te” with violinist Kathryn Woolley, acting associate concertmaster….The gentle aria “Qui sedes” was beautifully phrased by the countertenor, Taylor…Chuchman’s duet with tenor Thomas Cooley in “Domine Deus” was a […]