McGegan and RNS play “with irresistible spirit” at Proms in Hull

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan and RNS play “with irresistible spirit” at Proms in Hull

“Under Nicholas McGegan, the Royal Northern Sinfonia played with irresistible spirit, and a boisterous crowd cheered everything. Nothing entertained more than the scintillating encore: Iain Farrington’s A Shipshape Shindig, an off-kilter take on The Sailor’s Hornpipe that should go straight into the Last Night of the Proms.” — Read more at The Times.

Making history: first BBC Prom held in Yorkshire in nearly 90 years

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Making history: first BBC Prom held in Yorkshire in nearly 90 years

“History was made this afternoon as an orchestra struck up by the riverside in Hull – the first time a Prom has been held outside the capital in nearly 90 years. The Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, opened with Telemann’s Water Music Overture followed by Delius’s Summer Night on the River as […]

Halls leads Oregon Bach Festival to powerful conclusion with superb ‘Missa Solemnis’

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls leads Oregon Bach Festival to powerful conclusion with superb ‘Missa Solemnis’

“One of Halls’ many strengths is his ability to keep the musical momentum moving forward, no matter what interpretive obstacles the music presents….a powerful conclusion to another successful Oregon Bach Festival.” — Read more at The Register Guard.

“…sublime singing from Dominique Labelle at Aston Magna”

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in Dominique Labelle, Reviews | No Comments
“…sublime singing from Dominique Labelle at Aston Magna”

“The group’s performance was a landmark for me, the kind of concert you don’t forget. This was due largely to the profoundly beautiful singing of soprano Dominique Labelle…Her sound came out of the air and went back into the air with passion…a great musical conjurer.” — Read more at berkshirereview.net.

Cummings and English Concert superb at Buxton Festival

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings and English Concert superb at Buxton Festival

“But it was good to hear a work that was a significant stepping stone on Mozart’s rise to greatness. Especially when the English Concert were on superb form throughout under the experienced direction of Laurence Cummings – proving yet again that the principal prerequisite of a fine evening at the opera isn’t the singers but […]

McGegan “catching the spirit of an era” at Aspen

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “catching the spirit of an era” at Aspen

“McGegan proved adept at catching the spirit of the era even on modern instruments with an all-student orchestra…McGegan and the ensemble were especially sparkly in the two final pieces, a short selection from Handel’s “Water Music” and a colorful dip into a suite from Purcell’s Faerie Queen.” — Read more at The Aspen Times.

Album review: Agnew’s “Monteverdi’s ‘Madrigali, Vol. 3: Venezia'”

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in Paul Agnew, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Album review: Agnew’s “Monteverdi’s ‘Madrigali, Vol. 3: Venezia'”

“The early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, led by scholar and director Paul Agnew, has been exploring the composer’s rarely heard trove of madrigals and has opened a whole new avenue into 17th century music…It’s love with an innocence and simplicity far removed from our own time.” — Read more at postbulletin.com.

Cummings’ Water Music “worth expanding your collection for”

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings’ Water Music “worth expanding your collection for”

“…what Laurence Cummings produces each year with this band of period specialists – drawn from ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – is something quite unique and wonderful. It’s a sound of zing, spring, heat and finesse; light-textured yet intense; multicoloured and with bristling timbres leaping so vividly […]

Manson leads Merola’s Schwabacher Summer Concert

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Anne Manson, Reviews | No Comments
Manson leads Merola’s Schwabacher Summer Concert

“Conductor Anne Manson led a skilled and beautifully prepared orchestra through the highly varied scores, providing a rich and supportive backdrop for the impressive array of young singers, all bursting with energy and eager to perform.” — Read more at ebar.com.

McGegan “radiates the joy” at Aspen

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “radiates the joy” at Aspen

“Conducting without a baton, McGegan communicated what was needed with facial expressions, dancelike body movements and graceful hand gestures. No conductor radiates the joy in music quite like McGegan does…” — Read more at aspentimes.com.