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SF Chronicle: Philharmonia Baroque Serves Up More of the Same: Excellence

On March 12, 2019 |
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“It was musical business as usual in the all-Handel first half of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s March 7–10 concerts — not that there was anything routine about the Overture to Partenope and the five vocal selections that followed. With the regally entrancing mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the ingratiating countertenor Daniel Moody in the house, and conductor Nicholas McGegan marshaling his fine period-instrument band, the audience at the Herbst Theatre cozied up to the kind of programming and performances they’ve come to expect.

– Read more at sfcv.org.

McGegan and PBO are ” eloquent and theatrically savvy”

On March 7, 2019 |
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“Most of the program, though, was devoted to music of the Baroque, including an all-Handel first half that came as the latest reminder of how eloquent and theatrically savvy McGegan and the orchestra are in this music. (It also served as a persuasive teaser for the season-ending performances of Handel’s oratorio “Saul” on April 6-13.)

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at the Granada

On February 11, 2019 |
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“Under McGegan’s baton, the orchestra achieved full parity with the soloist, a challenge given baroque period performance priorities…The Schubert symphony sparkled with post-Beethovenian ingenuity of the first rank.”

– Read more at The Santa Barbara Independent .

Concert Hour: McGegan and Gil Shaham, May 2018 at Schwetzingen Palace

On February 7, 2019 |
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“Our performance is led by Nicholas McGegan. And how does he describe the symphony we’re about to hear, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was all of nine years old?

“Of course it’s in the Italian style,” says McGegan, “but you can really hear Mozart in it, the young Mozart. It couldn’t have been by a different composer. It’s witty here and there and of course it’s elegant: Mozart learned a lot from Johann Christian Bach. But if Bach is a bit over-elegant, Mozart sounds a bit ruder, a little more daring.”

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Mercury News: McGegan among the best of 2018

On January 3, 2019 |
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“Mozart Magnified,” Oct. 3, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Performing in Stanford’s Bing Hall with an outstanding team of vocal soloists – soprano Camille Ortiz, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor James Reese and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, music director Nicholas McGegan led the Bay Area’s premier early music ensemble in Mozart, works including the composer’s grand “Coronation Mass” and the happy-making ‘Exultate jubilate.”

– Read more at mercurynews.com.

SF Chronicle’s Year in review

On December 17, 2018 |
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“The ebullient British conductor’s decision to step down in 2020 after 35 years as music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra marks the end of a chapter that encompasses nearly the entire history of the organization. The vitality and stylistic savvy of McGegan’s leadership – a constellation of interpretive qualities that have imprinted themselves on the orchestra’s character – will be hard traits to replicate.”

– Read more at datebook.sfchronicle.com

Interview: McGegan on Messiah

On December 5, 2018 |
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The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is performing Handel’s Messiah over the weekend – in Wellington on Saturday and Palmerston North on Sunday.

Listen to the interview with Nic here.

McGegan “brought a spark” to Cleveland Orchestra

On November 26, 2018 |
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“Nicholas McGegan brought a spark to the podium that was most welcome…The orchestra, too, was a spirited, unified presence, and McGegan’s guidance from the harpsichord was light and flexible. In short, it was a lithe, poetic, and invigorating account, a musical year to remember.”

– Read more at The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

McGegan to lead Yale Voxtet in Scarlatti’s “Il Primo Omicidio”

On November 16, 2018 |
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“At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 17 in Sprague Memorial Hall, Yale Voxtet will perform 18th century composer Alessandro Scarlatti’s interpretation of the Cain and Abel story — his oratorio “Il Primo Omicidio.” Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan, the music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, will lead Saturday’s performance…’I think one of the strengths of Voxtet, especially when paired with a wonderful conductor like Nicholas McGegan, is its ability to bring life, excitement and drama to works like Scarlatti’s oratorio,’ said Harrison Hintzsche MUS ’20, a member of Voxtet.”

– Read more at Yale Daily News.

St. Louis Post Dispatch: McGegan and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and Orchestra offer delightful evening of oratorio

On October 29, 2018 |
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“On Saturday night at Powell Symphony Hall, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and Orchestra gave a superb performance of “The Creation,” with a trio of fine soloists, a well-trained chorus, and the orchestra nailing its part, all under the inspired direction of Nicholas McGegan.”

– Read more at stltoday.com