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McGegan conducts Sarasota Music Festival finale

On June 20, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

Celebrated conductor Nic McGegan, who has been musical director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco for 30 years, knows it’s a lot more than just waving your arms around, and the real work in creating a performance happens in rehearsal. “It’s a bit like being a stage director, in a sense,” he said. “You have to cook up the performance. You have all these ingredients in the kitchen, and the conductor has to say, ‘I think that could make a very nice thing.”

– Read more at ticket.heraldtribune.com.

La Gloria di Primavera: Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice

On June 17, 2016 |
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La Gloria di primavera

“The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s string-playing is routinely urbane, and the continuo group’s realisations are impeccably shaded. This is a delightfully enjoyable revelation of the elder Scarlatti’s genius.”

– Read more at gramophone.co.uk.

Arts Desk: CBSO, McGegan, Symphony Hall Birmingham

On June 2, 2016 |
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“He opened Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor overture with a radiant sweep of sound, drawing the string tone up from the basses with a batonless wave of the hand, then bouncing up and down like he was mounted on springs as the Allegro hurtled away.”

– Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk

Washington Post: McGegan’s “transcendent” performance with Baltimore

On May 27, 2016 |
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“On Thursday at Strathmore, Nicholas McGegan led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance that was, like the work, both hybrid and personal, with a sense of the homemade, the intimate, the human, and the transcendent, particularly in the inspired playing of the reduced but ardent orchestra.”

– Read more at washingtonpost.com.

After 300 years, Scarlatti’s ‘La Gloria’ arrives in So Cal, courtesy of the Philharmonia Baroque

On May 12, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Meanwhile, McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque supported in glowing hues and lyrical lines, the rhythm driven from the bottom of the orchestra (as in a good jazz band) and the violins gamboling ebulliently.”

– Read more at ocregister.com.
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La gloria di primavera: Scarlatti gem rediscovered

On May 9, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“There are significant variations in terms of rhythm, color and timbre from one formally prescribed structure to the next which were clearly emphasized by McGegan and his ensemble. Several invocations of nature – pastoral images, a tempest, the flowing Danube – were all beautifully rendered.”

– Read more at bachtrack.com.

Review: Philharmonia Baroque Unearths a 300-Year-Old Rarity

On May 9, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Occasional music seldom outlives the occasion it commemorates, except when, say, a Handel work is involved, as with the “Music for the Royal Fireworks” or many another toss-off. Alessandro Scarlatti’s grand serenata “La Gloria di Primavera” (“The Glory of Spring”) — which the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, led by its music director, Nicholas McGegan, presented at Zankel Hall on Friday evening — is a fascinating case study.”

– Read more at nytimes.com

Scarlatti, ‘La Gloria di Primavera’ review

On May 4, 2016 |
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Scarlatti

“The modern-day premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s “La Gloria di Primavera” (”The Glory of Spring”) that Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra delivered last fall introduced us to a moderately pleasurable work of 18th century festive music, and the live recording that has now come out of that concert series replicates the experience nicely.”

– Read more at sfgate.com.
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McGegan’s “Thrilling Philharmonia Baroque Performance”

On May 2, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“From the first, swaggering entrance of the trombones to the final, gleaming, and richly woven chorus, Music Director Nicholas McGegan led the combined forces of his responsive band, an augmented Philharmonia Chorale, and three soloists on a musical and dramatic spirit quest. Everyone played and sang with utter conviction to the cause.”

– Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

McGegan “unveiled an expansive and eloquent masterpiece”

On April 29, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan and Kato Mendelssohn Reis

“In a performance of remarkable power and tonal beauty, McGegan and his crew of musicians — including the excellent Philharmonia Chorale and a lineup of first-rate vocal soloists — unveiled an expansive and eloquent masterpiece, one that belongs by rights on the repertoire list of every orchestra in the country.”

– Read more at sfgate.com.
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Nicholas McGegan with Kato Mendelssohn Reis, great-great-granddaughter of Felix Mendelssohn