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

On October 17, 2017 |
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Mozart

“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.

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; harpsichord, lute and percussion.”

— Read more at bachtrack.com.

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.”

— Read more at The Guardian.

SFCV: “A Passion Play for Judas”

On September 12, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“The Judas Passion is part of Philharmonia Baroque’s new initiative that brings Baroque music into the 21st century — or is that vice versa? Launched this month, New Music for Old Instruments pairs today’s composers with yesterday’s instruments, both refreshing the repertoire for historically informed performers and audiences, and providing contemporary composers with a rich new/old palette of instrumental colors.”

— Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Le Temple de la Gloire received 2 awards from Best of Bay ’16 – ’17!

On August 31, 2017 |
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Rameau

Nic and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s Le Temple de la Gloire has won the “Best Opera Performance” and “Best Dance Performance” categories of San Francisco Classical Voice‘s Best of the Bay 2016 – 2017!

Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice

“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 McGegan’s agenda was locked into the 18th century — all Vivaldi this time.

— Read more at latimes.com.

Opera Magazine: Le Temple “proved an utter delight”

On August 3, 2017 |
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Rameau

“The two most notable operatic events of the spring in San Francisco had nothing to do with the San Francisco Opera and both represented a major collaboration between music and dance. In Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall (April 28), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Cal Performances collaborated on the first modern production of the original 1745 version of Rameau’s opera-ballet Le Temple de ia Gloire, and it proved an utter delight.”

— Read more in the August 2017 issue of Opera.

McGegan and RNS play “with irresistible spirit” at Proms in Hull

On July 24, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Under Nicholas McGegan, the Royal Northern Sinfonia played with irresistible spirit, and a boisterous crowd cheered everything. Nothing entertained more than the scintillating encore: Iain Farrington’s A Shipshape Shindig, an off-kilter take on The Sailor’s Hornpipe that should go straight into the Last Night of the Proms.”

— Read more at The Times.

Making history: first BBC Prom held in Yorkshire in nearly 90 years

On July 22, 2017 |
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McGegan Condcuts

“History was made this afternoon as an orchestra struck up by the riverside in Hull – the first time a Prom has been held outside the capital in nearly 90 years.

The Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, opened with Telemann’s Water Music Overture followed by Delius’s Summer Night on the River as hundreds looked on.”

— Read more at The Yorkshire Post.

Interview: “300 Years Of Handel’s ‘Water Music,’ With A Splash Of Politics”

On July 17, 2017 |
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A portrait of George Frideric Handel, presenting his Water Music to King George I. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

“McGegan is marking the 300th anniversary of Water Music by conducting the piece at a dry dock in Hull, England, later this week. The political intrigue behind the music is no surprise.”

— Read more at npr.org.

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