November 17, 2010
Nicholas Kraemer’s programme of Handel and Vivaldi with Music of the Baroque was hailed by the Chicago press.
“Kraemer’s reading was exact of execution, alive to the spiritual drama. Tempos proved to be on the brisk side, and there was plenty of spring to the rhythms. Kraemer reminded us that period forces are not needed as long as period manners are so faithfully observed. … The most famous of Vivaldi’s three settings of the “Gloria” also came off well under Kraemer’s enlivening direction.” ChicagoTribune 11 November 2010 Full review – With expert leadership and bracing performances
“Kraemer led the orchestra and chorus in a vividly dramatic, richly characterized performance that consistently put across the imagination and audacity of Handel’s music… Kraemer showed a fine hand, bringing expressive poise to the Largo movements, stately poise to the Andante and avoiding the temptation to inflate the closing Hornpipe, keeping it in scale with lightly sprung rhythms.” Chicago Classical Review 8 November 2010