Season’s Greetings

December 13, 2016

Enjoy something seasonal with Nicholas Kraemer and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductor“There is no finer Haydn conductor before the public and Kraemer, likewise, infused Handel’s music with a delightful lilt and infectious energy  … Leading stylishly from the harpsichord, Kraemer elicited a performance with a consistent, engaging smile much like the ebullient English conductor himself” Chicago Classical Review.  “The brisk British maestro happens to be one of today’s most respectable Handel interpreters … His Handelfest at Symphony Center on Thursday night was another reminder that he can be as lively and stylistically savvy when playing baroque music with modern symphony orchestras as he is with period-instrument ensembles.” Chicago Tribune

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer appears with the Chicago Symphony  on December 1, 2 & 3. Kraemer returns to the orchestra following successful collaborations with the group directing Bach, Telemann, Haydn and Richard Strauss. This time he leads an all-Handel programme including the Music for the Royal Fireworks and Silete Venti with soprano Amanda Forsythe.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorOpening 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.

Wigtastic HandelHarry Fehr’s new production of Handel Ariodante conducted by Nicholas Kraemer  for Scottish Opera opens at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on February 16. There with further performances on February 18, 20 – Glasgow and February 24 & 27 –  Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Yannis Thavoris designs this second Handel opera to a text by Ariosto that Harry has directed for the company, following the great success of Orlando.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorHandel expert conductor Nicholas Kraemer makes his Houston Symphony début directing Messiah on December 17 at Sugar Land Baptist Church and 18, 19, 20 (mat & eve) at Jones Hall. More info.

Wigtastic HandelDirector Harry Fehr and conductor Nicholas Kraemer join forces for a new production of Handel’s Ariodante in Scottish Opera’s 2015/16 season, details just announced. They last collaborated on the critically acclaimed Buxton Festival production of La Finta Giardiniera in 2013.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer appears on BBC Radio 3 In Tune as Sean Rafferty’s guest on Monday April 6. Having recently turned 70, Nicholas will be discussing the stylistic developments he has witnessed over his long career. He will also preview his forthcoming concert with the English Chamber Orchestra on April 14 at Cadogan Hall, London when he will be joined by pianist Imogen Copper and soprano Mary Bevan for a programme of Bach, Handel and Mozart.

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorNicholas Kraemer makes his début appearance with Bach Collegium San Diego on February 27 at St James-by-the-Sea, San Diego and February 28 at the San Diego History Center. He directs a programme of Bach, Durante, Purcell and Handel entitled Musica Poetica

Nicholas Kraemer © Robert Carpenter TurnerCritical acclaim for Nicholas Kraemer’s Bach with the Chicago Symphony:  “Kraemer … is as comfortable playing Baroque repertory with symphony orchestras as with period-instrument groups. He had no trouble transferring his ideas about balance, scale, articulation and phrasing … Kraemer made adherence to matters of period style a means to an end rather than the end in itself. The end was vigorous and polished Bach playing. ” John von Rhein – Chicago Tribune