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McGegan’s “breathtaking command”

On May 9, 2018 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“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 […]




McGegan, PBO close season with “fervor and tenderness”

On April 26, 2018 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Beethoven and Luigi Cherubini were near-contemporaries, operating in parallel in the major musical capitals of Vienna and Paris, respectively. Both were giants in their day, and yet modern concertgoers only […]




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

On April 9, 2018 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“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 […]




McGegan and PBO offer “musical discoveries and delights”

On February 12, 2018 |
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“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 […]




McGegan leads PBO in a “rhythmically pulsating score”

On December 24, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“…conductor Nicholas McGegan led his period-instrument orchestra in a rhythmically pulsating score.” — Read more at Berkeley Daily Planet.




McGegan brings Vivaldi to St. Louis Symphony

On December 2, 2017 |
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“McGegan is always fun to watch as he dances about the podium, and his expressiveness set the tone for the entire concert.” — Read more at St. Louis Post Dispatch.




McGegan and Cleveland deliver “perfect 18th century package”

On November 18, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“His expertise in the early Classical period radiated through a performance marked by sharp dynamic contrast, tapered phrasing, and keen attention to detail. To the extent that it’s possible to […]




McGegan/OAE premiere Sally Beamish’s “Judas Passion”

On September 28, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Beamish’s music called some extraordinary sonorities from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Nicholas McGegan, their forces distilled to eleven strings; pairs of flutes, horns and trumpets; […]




McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

On September 25, 2017 |
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Beamish

“It’s all perhaps closer to opera than to oratorio, and this premiere, with the OAE’s finely detailed playing shaped by Nicholas McGegan, was economically and unfussily staged by Peter Thomson.” […]




“Hollywood Bowl veteran McGegan” returns for all-Vivaldi program

On August 11, 2017 |
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McGegan at the Bowl

It’s as reliable as a sunrise: a Nicholas McGegan appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in August. The conductor was at his perennial Bowl gig again Thursday night, and as usual […]