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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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Caramoor

“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.

Photo: Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

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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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