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Mercury News: “Rare satiric Rameau-Voltaire opera beautifully staged”

On April 29, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“McGegan conducted with his trademark verve and attention to detail, drawing forceful orchestral responses in the triumphant music and gentle, opulent sound in the pastoral scenes.”

— Read more at mercurynews.com.

SF Chronicle: “Temple’ revives the grandeur of the French Baroque”

On April 29, 2017 |
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“…rendered with nobility and verve by the orchestra under Music Director Nicholas McGegan…This was billed as the modern premiere of a work that has lain dormant for centuries; encountering it on stage at last was like watching a resplendently bedecked giant stirring to life.”

— Read more at sfchronicle.com.

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” Philharmonia Baroque stages rare performance of a resurrected gem…”

On April 25, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“With top-quality Baroque works performed in the Bay Area each year, music lovers might be tempted to think they’ve heard everything the era produced.

But this weekend at Zellerbach Hall, audiences are about to experience a rare French Baroque masterwork – a fully staged production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1745 opera-ballet “Le Temple de la Gloire” (The Temple of Glory).”

– Read more at mercurynews.com.

McGegan will bring RNS to Hull for BBC Proms

On April 20, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“…the special visit to Hull, as part of the classical music programme’s ‘Proms at…’ series, is a huge honour with the festival rarely travelling outside of London. Fittingly, Stage@TheDock will host the concert inspired by the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music. The music was first performed for George I on the Thames. Pioneering early music expert Nicholas McGegan will direct the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Hull’s outdoor amphitheatre.”

— Read more at hulldailymail.co.uk.

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McGegan to conduct first Prom outside London in 123 years

On April 20, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Period performance specialist Mr McGegan has worked with the Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia for more than a decade. Mr McGegan – two of whose ancestors were organists at Beverley Minster in the 18th and 19th centuries – said: “It’s the first Prom outside London in 123 years – it has taken a while. “It’s the UK City of Culture and it’s great that the Proms come to Hull rather than the other way round. “It will be the first one forever – and cities will be lining up to do one next year.”

— Read more at Yorkshire Post.

McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

On April 14, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Handel uses the chorus and orchestra to great descriptive effect in the more dramatic parts of the story – the ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea – and here McGegan brought out every colourful detail to great effect.”

— Read more at bachtrack.com.

McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

On April 13, 2017 |
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Royal NOrthern Sinfonia

“The rare performance of the oratorio was directed by baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan, who extracted every ounce of drama from the score, while maintaining a driving momentum to the narrative.”

— Read more at The Northern Echo.

SF Classical Voice: Philharmonia Baroque Goes for the Glory

On April 12, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“In the words of McGegan, “It’s extravagant, spectacular beyond description.”

The score that, he suggests, Rameau composed as if afflicted by “musical attention deficit syndrome” — more on that later — has played like a gorgeous soundtrack in McGegan’s dreams for nearly three decades. Years after John Shepard discovered the original 1745 manuscript in the archives of UC Berkeley’s Hargrove Music Library, Victor Gavenda, then a Ph.D. student, recommended the piece to McGegan.”

— Read more at sfcv.org.

Boston Globe: Playful spirit enlivens Handel and Haydn Society concert

On March 5, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“…from the moment that Nicholas McGegan took the podium to conduct the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall Friday night, it was evident that a more playful approach had come to visit. More than once I was tempted to pull the nearest person into a dance, so infectious was the pulse at times. Heads bobbed, feet tapped, and hands instinctively beat time as this music leapt from the instruments and crackled in the air.”

— Read more at the Boston Globe.

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Mozart and Arriaga with the Handel + Haydn Society

On March 4, 2017 |
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McGegan

“…McGegan stirred the whole ensemble to a double-forte frenzy, which slowly faded as Don Juan descended and disappeared from view, in as clear a musical depiction of damnation as could be imagined, and extremely effective.”

— Read more at The Boston Musical Intelligencer.

Photo: Kat Waterman