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McGegan’s “breathtaking command”

On May 9, 2018 |
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“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

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

On April 9, 2018 |
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“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.”

— Read more at The Chicago Tribune.

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 to two substantial works — the Cello Concerto No. 2, with an intense Steven Isserlis as soloist, and the (mostly) absorbing Symphony No.43 (“Mercury”) — Music Director Nicholas McGegan and his nimble band proved yet again why this prolific composer offers a seemingly inexhaustible supply of musical discoveries and delights.”

— Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

McGegan and PBO will bring Handel to Caramoor

On February 5, 2018 |
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“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.

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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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Nicholas McGegan

“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 enliven and spruce up Mozart’s music, McGegan did so. The Finale was a pure Classical thrill ride. Repeatedly, in a movement marked Presto, McGegan rallied an orchestra in tip-top form to new heights of speed and gusto, drawing listeners closer to the action with every push.”

— Read more at Cleveland.com .

The Strad: “Vivid and beautifully shaped Mozart from a Hungarian-British team”

On October 17, 2017 |
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“This is a well-established team: Zsolt Kallo has been concertmaster of Capella Savaria, the first period-instrument ensemble in Hungary, since 1999 and Nicholas McGegan has been working with them for 30 years. It shows in their easy rapport and precision of ensemble.” — Tim Homfray

— Read more in the November 2017 issue of The Strad.