Agnew shocks and awes with Gesualdo’s sacred madrigals

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Artist News, News, Paul Agnew, Reviews | No Comments
Agnew shocks and awes with Gesualdo’s sacred madrigals

“Leading it all from his place in the semicircle of singers was Paul Agnew, who gave the most minimal of cues during the performance. Yet his musical direction was evident in the great variety of timbres and effects achieved by his ensemble, and in its secure navigation of this composer’s tortured harmonies…. “Superbly attentive to […]

“The Thomas Cooley Case”

Posted on Oct 17, 2019 in Artist News, Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
“The Thomas Cooley Case”

“And then ‘the Thomas Cooley case’, the Don Ottavio. What should we say? The man sang his two arias so inhumanly beautifully- his ‘Dalla sua pace’ was a diamond – that for a moment we no longer knew what we were doing. The last thing we are aiming for is the Fritz Wunderlich police, but […]

“Van Doren sang with admirable clarity”

Posted on Sep 18, 2019 in Reviews, Yulia Van Doren | No Comments
“Van Doren sang with admirable clarity”

“Soprano Yulia Van Doren sang with admirable clarity. Her top notes had delicate bloom and good shine, and she had gentle and nuanced expressiveness that brought the text to life.” Read more at Hyde Park Herald

McGegan Leads a Triumphal Orchestral Finale to La Jolla SummerFest 2019

Posted on Aug 25, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan Leads a Triumphal Orchestral Finale to La Jolla SummerFest 2019

“McGegan exhibited the zeal and insight into this repertory that has made his San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra internationally celebrated. Not surprisingly, he led the Mozart and Zwilich works with equal finesse and conviction…. “McGegan chose bright tempos that carefully balanced panache with the elegant structure of Mozart’s clever dialogue between the two pianists. —Read […]

Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton

Posted on Aug 24, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton

“Baroque music expert Nicholas McGegan ably conducted a pick-up orchestra drawn from SummerFest’s amazing reserve of musical talent … Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton and harpsichord work.” —Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune

“The more urgent appeal will be to fans of the iridescent voice of Labelle.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 in Artist News, Dominique Labelle, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
“The more urgent appeal will be to fans of the iridescent voice of Labelle.”

“Labelle…her vocal radiance you can take pleasure in her recording of Luigi Boccherini’s Stabat Mater for soprano and string quintet(G. 532) with Sarasa Ensemble, recently released on the Naxos label…. “As a worthy document of Boccherini’s chamber style, this CD is of value for its all-embracing charm, but the more urgent appeal will be to fans of […]

McGegan’s “powerful opening week to start Aspen Music Festival”

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “powerful opening week to start Aspen Music Festival”

“The Vivaldi was in McGegan’s wheelhouse. He recently completed a long tenure with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and although the orchestra’s role in this concerto mostly supports the soloists with springy rhythms and appropriate harmonies, he laid the foundation for brilliant playing from Hungarian trumpet virtuoso Tamás Pálfalvi and the Atlanta Symphony’s principal trumpet Stuart […]

Taylor conducted Handel with nobility and vigour

Posted on Jul 8, 2019 in Daniel Taylor, Reviews | No Comments
Taylor conducted Handel with nobility and vigour

“Daniel Taylor conducted Handel’s Dixit Dominus with his own hand-picked vocal and instrumental ensemble from Toronto. The Dixit is such a dramatic, striking work that it’s easy for conductors to exploit extremes of dynamic range and tempo. Taylor’s version had nobility and plenty of vigour, but stayed well within the bounds of sane execution. The […]

Adams “delivered a supercharged” Mercutio

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in Artist News, Hadleigh Adams, Reviews | No Comments
Adams “delivered a supercharged” Mercutio

“As Romeo’s friend Mercutio, Hadleigh Adams delivered a supercharged performance, whether leaping up on a table or wielding a sword. His strong baritone was ideal for the ballade about the fairy Queen Mab…” Read more at Cincinnati Business Courier

Panthaki “a new, trailblazing” singer of old music

Posted on Jun 22, 2019 in Artist News, Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki “a new, trailblazing” singer of old music

“Sherezade Panthaki sings her most daring and brilliant aria in this performance of Haendel’s ‘Samson’—and thereby totally delights colleagues and audience alike. No wonder that this woman—according to the libretto—slays seemingly invincible Samson’s strength: with her exuberant virtuosity, with her elegance and her powerful radiance, Panthaki is a new, trailblazing type among the female singers […]