“The orchestra, with Vinikour conducting from a harpsichord and flanked by a quartet of period string instruments and two theorbos, gave a wonderfully refined, articulate performance of Monteverdi’s score…Marc Molomot (Arnalta) was a complete comic delight.” -Read more at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
“The Pärt portion of the evening began with the orchestral Summa, an ideal invitation to this soulful artist’s universe of meditative calm. The gradual ebb and flow of a single oscillating string figure took on the gravitational pull of an ocean tide in McGegan’s sensitive, demurely lush reading.” -Read more at sfvc.org.
“Standing out in particular in a great cast to start with, are Hadleigh Adams (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm) and comic relief Sanne Franssen (Petra, the maid of Anne). . .Adams’ character Count Malcolm is unreasonable and jealous. He’s flammable but passionate, and his vocals are ridicously stunning, which serves his character well. In conclusion, if you’re […]
“The four vocal soloists…were well chosen…Bragle was the surprise of the evening in a remarkably moving “Agnus Dei,” full of subtlety and feeling. -Read more at The Seattle Times. Photo: Brandon Patoc
” The only word that could accurately capture Halls’ conducting ability would be ‘versatile.’ His capability to be subtle yet expressive demonstrates his extremely profound understanding of the music and his capacity to transmit that passion to each musician on stage. At several points throughout the concert, Halls extended this connection to the audience, and […]
“It is so rare in these parts for such a large group of well-matched musicians to present Israel in Egypt that it was enough of a treat to hear this remarkable score performed live. It was even better to have someone with Taylor’s sensitivity to pacing and texture on the podium.” -Read more at The Toronto […]
“Most of the program, though, was devoted to music of the Baroque, including an all-Handel first half that came as the latest reminder of how eloquent and theatrically savvy McGegan and the orchestra are in this music. (It also served as a persuasive teaser for the season-ending performances of Handel’s oratorio “Saul” on April 6-13.) […]
Wilson, the soprano, and Bragle, singing mezzo, have a beautiful blend and the kind of psychic link that lets them cut off phrases simultaneously and seemingly effortlessly. They explained they are longtime friends and musical collaborators, as they took questions from the audience on everything from favorite music to life on the road. – Read […]
It is difficult to believe, but Dame Emma Kirkby is 70 and to celebrate the Wigmore Hall invited her to perform, and with typical generosity she chose to share the platform with colleagues and younger contemporaries. – Read more at Planet Hugill.
“The chorus’ perfect intonation and pure tones in the Credo made the most of the unearthly descending harmonies of the crucifixion verse. Quigley’s conducting brought out the theatrical side of the music throughout the evening, with swelling crescendos, abrupt pianissimos and lots of rhythmic drive in the last verse, which tells of Christ’s resurrection.” — […]