Richard Egarr, harpsichord
Richard Egarr: The 'Bernstein of Early Music'
Richard Egarr conducts the Academy of Ancient Music
All Things Considered, March 26, 2008 - There's a movement in classical music toward historically informed performances: The musicians use the same sorts of instruments, and play in the same style, as their predecessors did hundreds of years ago. But the quest for authenticity can rob the music of its passion. When I heard that England's Academy of Ancient Music had hired keyboardist and conductor Richard Egarr to lead an ensemble on George Frederic Handel's Organ Concertos, I was absolutely delighted.
More Quotes from Richard Egarr's recent USA tour with the Academy of Ancient Music:
Academy performs with vigor, virtuosity
The Academy of Ancient Music has entered a period of revitalization under its new music director, harpsichordist Richard Egarr.
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky
The Ancient becomes new again
There may be ensembles that articulate the pleasures of Baroque repertoire more persuasively than the Academy of Ancient Music, but I highly doubt it. The vast and furious catalog of satisfactions heard last night at St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church -- where the British-based AAM played as part of this season's Speed Endowed Concert Series -- was enough to send specialists and lay listeners alike into giddy shivers of delight.
Egarr not only played his instrument with consummate vigor and skill (most notably during J.S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058), he urged his 11 colleagues on in a similar imperative. All proved to be terrific advocates.
With their superlative qualities of attack and overall rhythmic acuity, melded to a way of swelling particular phrases with remarkably supple rubato, the AAM members were fascinating creatures of their art. Rarely has the Ancient seemed so intrinsic to the Now.
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
Academy performs baroque music with grace, zeal
"I feel like we're opening for the Beatles," Kristin Van Cleve, Camerata's music director, announced from the stage.
The analogy was apt.
With more than 250 recordings, the Academy of Ancient Music paved the way for baroque music's popularity and prominence, performing always with a scholar's attention to accuracy and a rock musician's joyous zeal.
Anna Picard in The Independent on Sunday, July 2002
With Portland Baroque Orchestra, conducting Handel's Messiah:
Willamette Week, Dec 2001
Possibly the Portland Baroque Orchestra's finest 'Messiah' yet. Richard Egarr led with a combination of refinement and vitality, making Handel's music vivid, exciting and acutely expressive of the biblical texts. Egarr is an energetic but controlled conductor, and his good rapport with the ensemble was palpable... Even at low dynamics and gentle tempos, as in the overture that set much of the tone for the evening, there was a feeling of quiet excitement.
The Oregonian, Dec 2001
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Bach korrekt und lebhaft interpretiert
Kronenzeitung, Wien, Oct 2002
Auch Egarr - in Aschaffenburg längst kein Unbekannter mehr - fesselte zur Händelsuite sein Publikum durch eine klug disponierte und mit brillanter Fingerfertigkeit ausgeführte Interpretation, erwiesen sich beide Künstler in den Sonaten als kongeniale Disputanten im Netzwerk polyphoner Meisterschaft. In Klang und Gestaltung so nahe wie möglich und einem einzigen dynamischen Pulsschlag folgend boten sie die Werke aus einem Geist.
Main - Echo, Aug 2002