“Our performance is led by Nicholas McGegan. And how does he describe the symphony we’re about to hear, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was all of nine years old? “Of course it’s in the Italian style,” says McGegan, “but you can really hear Mozart in it, the young Mozart. It couldn’t have been […]
Tenor Benjamin Butterfield’s prolific recording catalog has grown, with two new albums being released in recent months: Ukrainian Art Song Project, Galicians II – The Art Songs Available Here The Bach Choir of Bethlehem & Bach Festival Orchestra – Bach and Handel Available Here The exuberant and cosmic music of Johann Sebastian Bach and George […]
“Nicholas McGegan’s touch has never been surer, and he pushes artists and moods to their expressive limits.” — Read more at BBC Music Magazine.
“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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“…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
“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.
“Late last year the Houston Symphony earned its first ever Grammy Award nomination for best opera recording with “Berg: Wozzeck.” Surprising almost everyone involved, the recording won the Grammy Sunday evening in New York….The Grammy was preceded by another huge honor for the symphony; it received the prestigious ECHO Klassik award last fall in Germany.” […]
“Coming on the recent heels of winning the equivalent of a European Grammy known as the ECHO Klassik Award, the Houston Symphony has now earned a nomination for an American Grammy. It’s in the category of Best Opera Recording, and it’s for their recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, the title referring to the tragic main […]