Conductor “[Nicholas] Kraemer has a special feel for Handel, making him one of the most authoritative Handelians in today’s early-music world... The stylish and trusty hand of principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer was evident in the symmetry of the programming as well as in the invigorating musical results… No texture was under-articulated, no dance movement under-characterized.” Chicago Classical Review of Plus Fours! Handel, Telemann, Locatelli, Vivaldi with Music of the Baroque. The concert is available to view on demand until June 12.
Opening Music of the Baroque’s season with Alexander’s Feast Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer “has the most engaging Handel style… tempos were lively but never breathless, with lithe, springy rhythms throughout. Kraemer’s blancing of the large forces was impeccable.” Chicago Classical Review. Read in full here.
“… with the MOB orchestra and chorus in top form, and Nicholas Kraemer directing with characteristic insight and ebullience, Monday night’s concert at the Harris Theater proved more than the sum of its parts and made an enjoyable and exhilarating leadoff for the ensemble’s season.
Impeccably balanced, with superb choral singing, and played with polish and fine vitality across all sections, the English conductor put across the jubilant moments as surely as the passages of introspection and spiritual solace. ” Read the full review at Chicago Classical Review
Nicholas Kraemer is back with Music of the Baroque, Chicago for his first appearance with the group this season. He conducts a programme of Bach Cantatas 197, 159 and the Magnificat on October 6 at North Shore Centre for the Performing Arts and October 7 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago. See Nicholas talk about the programme at http://vimeo.com/73595063 and http://vimeo.com/69937382.
Back with his friends at Music of the Baroque Nicholas Kraemer leads an all Bach programme on November 18 & 19. Discover more at http://www.baroque.org/seasons/2012-2013/bravura-bach/
“Kraemer has a wonderful way with Haydn. Directing from the harpsichord, MOB’s principal guest conductor drew a superbly balanced performance that put across the tempo shifts and rhythmic acuity with an innate, idiomatic understanding of the musical wit and jumpy dynamism. […] Kraemer here [Haydn 98] provided a virtual seminar in Haydn conducting — giving ample weight to the dark-hued introduction yet segueing gracefully into the ensuing Allegro and giving enormous lift to the buoyant main theme. The Adagio was imbued with apt elegiac expression without ever traversing Rococo parameters.”
Chicago Classical Review 31 Jan 2012 – Full review at http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2012/01/kraemer-music-of-the-baroque-serve-up-a-delightful-double-shot-of-haydn/
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