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KC Star: “For summertime listening, it doesn’t get any better.”

On June 25, 2018 |
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“Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale have just released a recording of an opera that is a perfect example of Rameau’s genius. “Le Temple de la Gloire” (“The Temple of Glory”) was first performed in 1745 at Versailles to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Fontenoy and features a libretto by none other than Voltaire.”

— Read more at The Kansas City Star.

McGegan’s “breathtaking command”

On May 9, 2018 |
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“It was the Rossini that received the evening’s finest performance. With a reduced-in-size ensemble onstage, McGegan elicited playing that was characterized by transparent textures, fleet tempi, bracing rhythms and expertly modulated dynamics to capture the opera’s glittering rendering of the Cinderella fairytale. His command over the legendary “Rossini crescendo” was breathtaking.”

— Read more at Chestnut Hill Local.

McGegan’s new album is “a thrillingly colourful performance”

On April 28, 2018 |
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“…a thrillingly colourful performance…Nicholas McGegan’s Swedish Chamber Orchestra give the catchy opening tutti just enough strut, and Frank-Gemmill’s acrobatic intro is a winner…”

— Read more at The Arts Desk

McGegan, PBO close season with “fervor and tenderness”

On April 26, 2018 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Beethoven and Luigi Cherubini were near-contemporaries, operating in parallel in the major musical capitals of Vienna and Paris, respectively. Both were giants in their day, and yet modern concertgoers only ever hear music by one of them in the regular course of events…The season-ending program by Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which had its first airing in a splendid concert at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 25, drives home the point with forceful elegance.”

— Read more at San Francisco Chronicle

WQXR: The Best New Classical Releases of April 2018

On April 25, 2018 |
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Mozart Horn Concertos cover

“Frank-Gemmill delivers both with dulcet tone and impressive fluidity, helped by Nicholas McGegan and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, who accompany with agility and finesse.”

— Read more at wqxr.org.

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

On April 9, 2018 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“In each the singers and players were as stylish, precise and expressive as one would expect, given that McGegan is a lively conductor who in 32 years has made the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale one of the finest such groups in the United States.”

— Read more at The Chicago Tribune.

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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“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.