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Listen: McGegan’s concert with SWR Symphony on BBC

On September 18, 2018 |
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BBC Listen Now

Kate Molleson presents concerts from around Europe. Tonight, Gil Shaham is the star soloist in Mozart’s youthful Violin Concerto No.1 with the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra. — LISTEN HERE!

BBC Music Magazine: “Le Temple de la Glorie” review

On September 13, 2018 |
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“Nicholas McGegan’s touch has never been surer, and he pushes artists and moods to their expressive limits.”

— Read more at BBC Music Magazine.

McGegan and Susan Graham close out Caramoor Summer 2018

On August 4, 2018 |
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Susan Graham

“Caramoor ended its summer festival with a special treat for opera lovers, a concert with Susan Graham, accompanied by the always-fabulous Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Nicholas McGegan. Once again, the weather on the leafy estate of Caramoor, with its sumptuous gardens and grounds, was a perfect match to the delightful and intriguing program.”

— Read more at OperaWire.com.

McGegan and PBO bring “Atalanta” to Caramoor

On July 22, 2018 |
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“Mr. McGegan is always welcome in New York, his personality and conducting skills double-treats….Mr. McGegan has performed this Handel pastorale several times, even gave it the only recording. He loves it, and he made the audience love it…with equal passion.”

— Read more at Concertonet.com.

SF Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque Go for Glory”

On July 17, 2018 |
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“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 Francisco Classical Voice
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OperaWire Interview: Reviving Rameau’s ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’

On July 9, 2018 |
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Nicholas McGegan

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 Rameau’s “Le Temple de la Gloire,” which the conductor noted featured the composer at the height of his powers.

— Read more at OperaWire

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

On June 25, 2018 |
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“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 by none other than Voltaire.”

— Read more at The Kansas City Star.

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 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 Chestnut Hill Local.

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

On April 28, 2018 |
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“…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

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 ever hear music by one of them in the regular course of events…The season-ending program by Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which had its first airing in a splendid concert at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 25, drives home the point with forceful elegance.”

— Read more at San Francisco Chronicle