SF Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque Go for Glory”

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in News, Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
SF Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque Go for Glory”

“The orchestra, stretched to 40 players (triple winds plus extra percussion and a musette [bagpipe]), captures all the rapidly shifting moods brilliantly. There are tons of short, contrasting movements, the essence of this court entertainment, and Music Director Nicholas McGegan puts the orchestra through its paces, thoroughly characterizing each one.” — Read more at San […]

OperaWire Interview: Reviving Rameau’s ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’

Posted on Jul 9, 2018 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan, Recording | No Comments
OperaWire Interview: Reviving Rameau’s ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’

McGegan, who has been the music director of the orchestra, since 1985, has made numerous recordings with the organization, particularly of early works including Handel’s “Messiah,” “Dido and Aeneas,” and the concertos of Corelli, among many others. But McGegan and his orchestra may have topped all those other notable efforts with its upcoming release of […]

KC Star: “For summertime listening, it doesn’t get any better.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2018 in Artist News, News, Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
KC Star: “For summertime listening, it doesn’t get any better.”

“Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale have just released a recording of an opera that is a perfect example of Rameau’s genius. “Le Temple de la Gloire” (“The Temple of Glory”) was first performed in 1745 at Versailles to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Fontenoy and features a libretto […]

McGegan’s “breathtaking command”

Posted on May 9, 2018 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “breathtaking command”

“It was the Rossini that received the evening’s finest performance. With a reduced-in-size ensemble onstage, McGegan elicited playing that was characterized by transparent textures, fleet tempi, bracing rhythms and expertly modulated dynamics to capture the opera’s glittering rendering of the Cinderella fairytale. His command over the legendary “Rossini crescendo” was breathtaking.” — Read more at […]

McGegan’s new album is “a thrillingly colourful performance”

Posted on Apr 28, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s new album is “a thrillingly colourful performance”

“…a thrillingly colourful performance…Nicholas McGegan’s Swedish Chamber Orchestra give the catchy opening tutti just enough strut, and Frank-Gemmill’s acrobatic intro is a winner…” — Read more at The Arts Desk

Cooley, Adams join McGegan and PBO for season finale

Cooley, Adams join McGegan and PBO for season finale

“Santon-Jeffery and Cooley were also among the prime attractions, along with alto Avery Amereau and bass Hadleigh Adams, in the magnificent account of the Beethoven Mass that occupied the first half of the evening…McGegan oversaw the proceedings with a blend of fervor and tenderness.” — Read more at San Francisco Chronicle

WQXR: The Best New Classical Releases of April 2018

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
WQXR: The Best New Classical Releases of April 2018

“Frank-Gemmill delivers both with dulcet tone and impressive fluidity, helped by Nicholas McGegan and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, who accompany with agility and finesse.” — Read more at wqxr.org.

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

“In each the singers and players were as stylish, precise and expressive as one would expect, given that McGegan is a lively conductor who in 32 years has made the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale one of the finest such groups in the United States…But Panthaki’s contributions excelled even that, eliciting audible sighs of contentment […]

McGegan and PBO offer “musical discoveries and delights”

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
McGegan and PBO offer “musical discoveries and delights”

“Haydn was the headliner for their February 7–11 “Harmonic Convergence” series of concerts, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra made sure he lived up to the billing. In giving their all to two substantial works — the Cello Concerto No. 2, with an intense Steven Isserlis as soloist, and the (mostly) absorbing Symphony No.43 (“Mercury”) — […]

McGegan and PBO will bring Handel to Caramoor

McGegan and PBO will bring Handel to Caramoor

“This summer Caramoor will present operas from earlier periods. A concert performances of Handel’s “Atalanta” will feature Nicholas McGegan conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco.” — Read more at The New York Times. Photo: Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times