McGegan’s “trademark verve and attention to detail”

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “trademark verve and attention to detail”

“McGegan conducted with his trademark verve and attention to detail, drawing forceful orchestral responses in the triumphant music and gentle, opulent sound in the pastoral scenes.” — Read more at mercurynews.com.

Halls leads DSO in fresh and vibrant “nature” program of Vivaldi and Beethoven

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls leads DSO in fresh and vibrant “nature” program of Vivaldi and Beethoven

“The orchestra’s dynamic range, as it traveled through Beethoven’s pleasant meadows and thunderstorms, was as broad as the modern orchestra can create, yet still maintained, under Halls’ guidance, a sense of classical precision.” — Read more at Texas Classical Review.

Halls’ “vividly illustrative” performance with Dallas Symphony

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “vividly illustrative” performance with Dallas Symphony

“Matthew Halls led fresh, caringly detailed performances of both works…With just two dozen strings for the Vivaldi, Halls molded a performance at once suavely stylish and vividly illustrative…Let’s hope Halls returns early and often.” — Read more at dallasnews.com. Photo: Michael Ainsworth

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 […]