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Paul McCreesh

Artistic Director, Gabrieli Consort & Players

Paul McCreesh conducts Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Rheingau Festival

29 August 2017

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Paul McCreesh returns to the Rheingau Festival on 2 September 2017 to conduct the festival's closing concert. McCreesh conducts the Hamburg Symphony and London's Philharmonia Chorus in a performance of Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, for which is joined by soloists Kathryn Rudge, Brenden Gunnell and Markus Eiche. This concert also marks McCreesh's debut with the Hambury Symphony.

McCreesh has been highly praised for his past performances of The Dream of Gerontius, which he conducted twice last season with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in March, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir in May.

Last month McCreesh conducted Handel’s Messiah at Rheingau Festival with his own Gabrieli Consort & Players, as well as at Menuhin Festival Gstaad, to great acclaim. Click here to watch the Menuhin Festival performance.

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Nine Intermusica artists nominated at the 40th Gramophone Awards

Nine Intermusica artists have been nominated for Gramophone Awards this year across a range of categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 September, which will be live streamed on This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is nominated in the Baroque Vocal category for his recording of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. Gramophone described the recording as "a memorable and moving St Matthew... What really makes this one special, however, is its emotional integrity."

James Ehnes is nominated alongside his colleagues in the Ehnes Quartet in the Chamber category for their recording of Schubert String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden' and Sibelius Intimate Voices. Gramophone commented that "[the] pairing of these two quartets is a stroke of programming genius... I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful."

Paul McCreesh's new recording of Haydn's The Seasons made with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players is nominated in the Choral category. McCreesh previously received a Gramophone award for his 2006 recording of Haydn's The Creation. In their review, Gramophone wrote that "McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own."

Sir James MacMillan's Stabat Mater, recorded by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, is nominated in the Contemporary category. Gramophone's review concluded that "Posterity might well judge this to be a 21st-century masterpiece; there is no question that this is a truly masterly recorded performance."

Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Renaud Capuçon, whose disc of three 21st century violin concertos has also been shortlisted. The three concertos, all written for Capuçon, were recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gramophone praised Capuçon’s "probing playing [and] his welcome advocacy".

Daniil Trifonov is nominated in the Instrumental category for Transcendental, his recording of Liszt's works for solo piano. Gramophone praised the recording as a "triumph", commenting that "every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers."

Leo Hussain is nominated in the Opera category for Opus Arté's DVD of the revival of Fiona Shaw's Glyndebourne production of Britten The Rape of Lucretia. Gramophone singled him out for his "lyrical yet incisive" approach, writing that "conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes."

Roger Vignoles is nominated in the Solo Vocal category alongisde baritone Florian Boesch for their recording of Krenek's cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen. Vignoles was praised by Gramophone for his playing of "great control, refinement and subtlety", while the recording itself was proclaimed "an outstanding achievement."

Mary Bevan joined tenor Allan Clayton for his album Where'er You Walk, a collection of arias Handel composed for tenor John Beard, which is nominated in the Recital category. Bevan sings on 'As steals the morn', which Gramophone described as an "added bonus... it's a very attractive package."

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Paul McCreesh conducts Vienna Chamber Orchestra at Eisenstadt’s Haydn Festival

13 August 2017

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Paul McCreesh joins the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Eisenstadt to conduct an all-Haydn programme at the Haydn Festival on 27 August 2017. The programme consists of 'The Queen of France' Symphony No.85 in B-flat major, Cello Concerto No.1 in C major featuring soloist Julia Hagen and the ‘Maria Theresia’ Symphony No.48 in C major.

McCreesh is a noted interpreter of Haydn, and his recording of The Seasons (Signum Classics, 2017) with The Gabrieli Consort & Players and the National Forum of Music Choir earlier this year was met with great acclaim:

“This recording brings [The Seasons] thrillingly to life… McCreesh’s fresh new translation animates the top-class solo singing, while the massed choruses blow the roof off. Glorious.”

“A musical hit from McCreesh”

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Paul McCreesh debuts with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra

23 April 2017

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Paul McCreesh makes his debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra on 7 May in the Taipei National Concert Hall. McCreesh conducts the orchestra in a programme of Mozart Idomeneo Ballet Music, Haydn Scena di Berenice featuring soprano Renata Pokupić and Elgar Symphony No.2 in E-flat major. 

The music of Mozart and Haydn are at the core of McCreesh's repertoire, with his "glorious" (Guardian) recent recording of Haydn The Seasons receiving rave reviews:

“For the first time, this recording aims to present a period performance on an
authentically grand scale… Paul McCreesh conducts his own English version, perfectly enunciated by the British/Polish choir, and the communal sense of joy is infectious. The three soloists are first-rate. So is the recording. An uplifting performance all round.”
Financial Times, April 2017

McCreesh then returns to conduct the Gulbenkian Orchestra, of whom he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser from 2013-2016, conducting Elgar The Dream of Gerontius at Lisbon’s Grande Auditório. 

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Paul McCreesh returns to the Konzerthaus Berlin for Berlioz Grande messe des morts

31 March 2017

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Paul McCreesh returns to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin this month to conduct Berlioz Grande messe des morts on 14 April 2017. The Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, Berliner Singakademie and tenor Robert Murray also perform alongside McCreesh and the orchestra. 

McCreesh recorded the Grande messe with the Gabrieli Consort and Players for his label Winged Lion in 2012. The recording won a BBC Music Magazine Award and was highly praised by Gramophone:

“Certainly not for the faint-hearted either in terms of its enormous scale or its spectrum of powerful, visionary expression. The impact is overwhelming… McCreesh has achieved something quite out of the ordinary in this performance.”

Elsewhere in April, McCreesh returns to the Gulbenkian Orchestra where he performs a programme including Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1 with Gautier Capuçon, Satie Gymnopedies No.1 & No.3 and Beethoven Symphony No.7. Performances take place on 20 and 21 April.

McCreesh then travels to China to perform with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting a programme of Haydn and Beethoven on 29 April at Hangzhou Grand Theatre.

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Paul McCreesh conducts The Dream of Gerontius in return to the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

17 February 2017

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Paul McCreesh returns to the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra on 2 March 2017 to conduct Elgar The Dream of Gerontius. The performance features soloists Jennifer Johnston, Peter Hoare, and David Stout.

The choir is comprised of members of Polish National Youth Choir, as well as NFM Choir of Wroclaw, with whom McCreesh has frequently collaborated with on a number of recording projects on his own label, Winged Lion. McCreesh's latest collaboration with the choir and his own Gabrieli Consort & Players, a recording of Haydn The Seasons, is released in April.

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Paul McCreesh returns to Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to conduct Handel Messiah

02 December 2016

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Paul McCreesh returns to Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota this month to conduct three performances of Handel Messiah, with the first taking place at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis on 16 December 2016. McCreesh and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra then perform the Messiah at Ordway Hall on 17 and 18 December. The final performance will be live broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio.

Alongside the SPCO, McCreesh leads the Minnesota Choral and soloists Elizabeth Atherton (soprano), Avery Amereau (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Walker (tenor) and Dashon Burton (bass-baritone).

McCreesh’s return to the SPCO continues a long-standing relationship with the orchestra. In October 2015, he conducted the ensemble in a well-received performance of Bach St Matthew Passion:

"... it was the arresting vision of McCreesh and his confident way of bringing it into life that impressed the most... this was a performance so meticulously crafted that it was hard to find fault in anything... If you've longed for a concert that gives Bach the full measure of greatness that he deserves, you aren't going to find many that succeed as well as this."
Twin Cities, October 2015

“though his tempos were lively without feeling pushed — the crowd scenes, for instance, were delivered with special punch — the conductor managed to sustain the work’s essential quality of introspection and repose.”
Star Tribune, October 2015

The concerts in Minneapolis follow McCreesh's performances with the Gabrieli Consort on tour to Lincoln Center in New York and to Ann Arbor. In 2017, his conducting engagements take him to the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal as well as the Berlin Konzerthausorchester in Germany.

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Paul McCreesh presents A New Venetian Coronation 1595 at Lincoln Center with the Gabrieli Consort & Players

29 October 2016

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Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players return to the United States this month to present their award winning A New Venetian Coronation 1595 on 12 November 2016 at Lincoln Center in New York. They also perform the piece in Ann Arbor on 15 November and lead a series of education workshops.

McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players. In 2013, the choir and period instrument orchestra’s recording of A New Venetian Coronation, 1595 (Signum/Winged Lion) won Gramophone’s Early Music Award. The Sunday Times also called the recording a “must-buy” (June 2012).

In addition to their critically acclaimed recordings, the Gabrieli Consort and Players have been praised for their live performances under McCreesh’s direction:

“The orchestra played with admirable verve and sensitivity under Paul McCreesh’s stylish direction.”
Evening Standard, July 2015

“McCreesh is an inspiring leader of his chorus and orchestra.”
Financial Times, May 2015

Following his appearance with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, McCreesh returns to the United States in December 2016 to conduct the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Handel Messiah.

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Paul McCreesh & Renata Pokupić return to Opera Vlaanderen for Idomeneo

16 April 2016

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Paul McCreesh returns to Opera Vlaanderen for a revival production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, which opens in Antwerp on 30 April 2016. He is joined by fellow Intermusica artist Renata Pokupić, who sings the role of Idamante, as well as Roberto Saccà in the title role and Ana Quintans as Ilia. The production, which is directed by David Bösch, continues in Antwerp on 3, 7, 8 and 10 May, and then plays in Ghent on 20, 21 and 22 May. 

McCreesh previously conducted at the opera house in 2015 in a production of Figaro, and in 2012 with Agrippina. Pokupić returns to Opera Vlaanderen after a successful run as Cherubino in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro last season, and later this season can be seen in concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 under Peter Oundjian, as well as in recital at the Danube Festival in Bratislava alongside Roger Vignoles.

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Paul McCreesh conducts Mozart and Dvořák with the Gulbenkian Orchestra

07 January 2016

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Paul McCreesh and the Gulbenkian Orchestra end the month with a series of concerts dedicated to the Piano Concertos of Mozart and the Symphonies of Dvořák, taking place on 21, 22, 28 and 29 January 2016 in the Grande Auditório, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal.

Joining McCreesh and the orchestra is pianist Ronald Brautigam, with whom McCreesh has worked numerous times. The programmes for the concerts feature works including Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 24 and 27 and Dvořák Symphonies Nos 7 and 8.

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Daniil Trifonov, Paul McCreesh & Giancarlo Guerrero nominated for Grammy Awards

10 December 2015

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Daniil Trifonov, Paul McCreesh and Giancarlo Guerrero are among the list of nominees at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, in recognition of excellence in the recording arts over the last year.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:

Daniil Trifonov’s Grammy nomination is in recognition of his recording of the Rachmaninov Variations with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, including Trifonov’s own composition Rachmaniana. The release was described by the Guardian as “dazzling performances, showing why Trifonov, when at his best like this, is peerless among younger pianists today.”

Best Classical Compendium:

Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players added Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato 1740 in 2015 to their ever-growing discography on McCreesh’s own label Winged Lion, which already includes such works of the choral repertoire as Britten War Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah and Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts. McCreesh and Gabrieli’s first Handel recording in over a decade recreates in painstaking detail the very first performance of L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, given in 1740, with additional instrumental repertoire including a Handel organ concerto and two concerti grossi. The disc has been praised in the press, with critics saying:

"Handel lovers can hardly fail to enjoy the mingled finesse and hedonistic delight of this new recording"
Gramophone, May 2015

"Paul McCreesh’s superb Gabrieli Consort and Players present this … with flair, a pristine sense of style and infectious energy."
Times, May 2015

Giancarlo Guerrero’s recording of works by Stephen Paulus has also been nominated in the Contemporary Classical Compendium category. The Concerto for String Quartet showcases the principle strings of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which Guerrero has led to multiple Grammy wins in previous years. Also nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category is Joan Tower’s Stroke which Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony recorded for Naxos in 2015.

The winners will be revealed at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held on 15 February 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Click here to view the full list of nominations on the Grammys website. 

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Paul McCreesh conducts Gidon Saks, Ben Johnson and Tim Mead in Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen National Opera

24 October 2015

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Paul McCreesh returns to lead the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra this month, conducting Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen National Opera from 7 November 2015. The production – a revival directed by Robert Carsen – runs for four performances on 7, 9, 11 & 13 November, and features a host of Intermusica singers, including countertenor Tim Mead as Oberon, tenor Ben Johnson as Lysander and Gidon Saks playing the role of Bottom.

Saks is making his house and role debut as Bottom, having just made highly successful appearances at the Edinburgh Festival as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and in the title role of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Komische Oper Berlin. Later this season he can be seen as Gyges in Der Konig Kandaules at Opera Vlaanderen, and as the King of France in Lear at the Opera de Paris.

Tim Mead is also making his house debut in Bergen. He has most recently been seen at Opera de Lille singing the role of Arsamene in their production of Cavalli’s Xerse, and at Lincoln Center in the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin. Mead reprises the role of Oberon at the Glyndebourne Festival this summer.

Ben Johnson’s most recent operatic success was in the role of Carlo in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco for the Buxton Festival. Equally at home in twentieth century and contemporary repertoire, Johnson is renowned for his performances of works by Britten, including the War Requiem and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Later this month he sings Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge.

McCreesh last conducted Bergen Philharmonic in 2012, when he led the orchestra – along with the Bergen Philharmonic Choir, plus Kor Vest and local students – in a large-scale performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

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Paul McCreesh returns to Verbier Festival

16 July 2015

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Paul McCreesh returns to Verbier Festival on 30 July 2015, following an extremely successful performance of Le nozze di Figaro in 2012. McCreesh directs the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in a programme of Handel Concerto grosso in B-flat major, Op.3 No.2, Schumann Cello Concerto with soloist Truls Mörk, and Brahms Serenade No.1 in D major.

The performance will be recorded for Mezzo TV and Espace 2.

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Paul McCreesh conducts Renata Pokupić in Le nozze di Figaro at Vlaamse Opera

02 June 2015

Paul McCreesh returns to Vlaamse Opera on 16 June 2015 to conduct a revival production of Le nozze di Figaro in Gent. Renata Pokupić sings Cherubino in a cast that also features Levente Molnar as the Count, Julia Kleiter as the Countess, David Bizic as Figaro and Julia Westendorp as Susanna. Pokupić made a “charmingly cheeky Cherubino” (Seen and Heard International) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2013, and has also sung the role at Los Angeles opera under Placido Domingo and at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées under Jérémie Rohrer. Following opening night, further performances will be on 18, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30 June.

McCreesh is also due to conduct a new production of Idomeneo with Vlaamse Opera in 2016.

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Paul McCreesh & Gabrieli Consort & Players release Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

20 April 2015

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Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli Consort & Players released their first Handel recording in over a decade on 4 May – Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato – on McCreesh’s own record label, Winged Lion. The recording features a cast of prominent British soloists, Gillian Webster, Jeremy Ovenden, Ashley Riches and Peter Harvey, as well as the treble Laurence Kilsby.

Handel’s setting of Milton’s poetry results in one of his most ravishing and profound scores, quite unlike anything else in the composer’s output. For this recording, McCreesh has researched the earliest version of the work and recreated Handel’s own performances in 1740 with the inclusion of two concerti grossi Op.6 No.1 and and No.3 and the organ concerto Op.7, No.1, all featuring Gabrieli principals as soloists.

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Paul McCreesh: concerts with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra & Gabrieli Consort & Players

17 April 2015

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Paul McCreesh returns to Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for four performances taking place in and around Saint Paul, Minnesota, on 1, 2 and 3 May 2015. The press described McCreesh’s last visit to the orchestra in February 2014 as “electrifying”. The concerts feature a programme of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Mozart’s Symphony No.39.

McCreesh then returns to London to direct his Gabrieli Consort & Players in two concerts at Wigmore Hall on 12 and 13 May. The Gabrielis will perform a programme of Purcell’s odes, part of a series of works written following the Restoration of Charles II to mark royal birthdays and other important occasions at court – in this case to commemorate the birthday of Queen Mary.

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Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh & Intermusica soloists at Festival de Pâques

20 March 2015

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Intermusica tours the Gabrieli Consort & Players with conductor Paul McCreesh and soloists Tim Mead and David Stout to Festival de Pâques in Aix en Provence for a special Good Friday performance of Bach St Matthew Passion on 3 April.

Formed as an early music ensemble by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli’s are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire spanning from the renaissance to the present day and are acclaimed interpreters of Bach Passions.

Always performed in Paul McCreesh’s distinctive one-to-a-part formation, soloists on this occasion include Nicholas Mulroy as Evangelist, Mhairi Lawson, Tim Mead, Marcus Farnsworth. Helen Jane Howells, Helen Charlston, David Stout and Thomas Walker. The concert will be broadcast live on Radio Classique at 20:30 (CET time).

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Paul McCreesh makes his debut at Opéra Comique in Paris

01 March 2015

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Paul McCreesh makes his debut at Opéra Comique in Paris on 23 March, conducting Hérold’s Le pré aux clercs. Joined by his own Gulbenkian Orchestra, McCreesh conducts six performances in Paris from 23 March to 2 April, in a production directed by Eric Ruf.

Prior to this, McCreesh returns to Lisbon to conduct Gulbenkian Orchestra in two performances of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On The Cross on 5 and 6 March. He will be joined by actor João Reis, who will recite a selection of texts related to the text from which Haydn was working.

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Paul McCreesh makes Japanese debut with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

06 November 2014

Paul McCreesh makes his Japanese debut with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with two performances in Tokyo's Suntory Hall (20 November) and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (21 November). On the programme is Copland's Appalachian Spring: Suite for 13 Instruments, Richard Strauss's Serenade in E-flat major, Op.7, and Mendelssohn's 'Reformation' Symphony.

Earlier in the month, McCreesh will perform at Bath Mozartfest on 8 November at Bath Abbey. This performance of Mozart Symphony No.40 'Great' and Requiem will feature Sophie Bevan, Renata Pokupić, James Gilchrist and Andrew Foster-Williams in the solo roles.

Towards the end of November, McCreesh returns to the Gulbenkian Orchestra for performances on 27 and 28 November and a programme of Dvořák and Brahms, with Daniel Muller-Schott joining him for Dvořák's Cello Concerto. McCreesh will then lead an educational event with the orchestra and community choir, culminating in two performances of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana on 30 November.

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Paul McCreesh makes his debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

24 April 2014

Paul McCreesh conducts Mendelssohn’s Elijah for his debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in three performances on 14, 16 and 17 May at Sydney Opera House. Elijah is a work McCreesh is very familiar with, having recorded it on his own Winged Lion label in 2012 and won a Diapason d’Or award for the recording last year.

Earlier in the month, on 8 May McCreesh conducts a concert of Mozart and Elgar with Auckland Philharmonia. Then following his performances in Sydney, McCreesh travels to Lisbon to conduct the concluding concerts in the Gulbenkian Orchestra’s 2013/14 season, which include Beethoven Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’, on 29 and 30 May.

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Paul McCreesh wins a BBC Music Magazine Award for Britten War Requiem with Gabrieli Consort & Players

08 April 2014

Paul McCreesh has won a BBC Music Magazine Award (Choral Category) for his recording of Britten’s War Requiem with Gabrieli Consort & Players and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.

This recent release on McCreesh’s own Winged Lion label continues his successful run of large-scale recording projects; Mendelssohn’s Elijah was awarded a Diapason d’Or in November last year and, a few months earlier, his re-release of A New Venetian Coronation won a Gramophone Award. His first oratorio on the label, Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts, was also given a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2012.

Press for War Requiem has been overwhelmingly positive, with the Times, Guardian and Independent hailing it as "thrilling", "a delight", and "triumphant", the Financial Times saying "here is a recording worthy of the Britten centenary," and BBC Music Magazine noting that "the profundity and coherence of McCreesh’s recording sets a new standard for this work."

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Diapason d’Or de l’Année awards for Paul McCreesh and Michael Boder

29 November 2013

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Conductors Paul McCreesh and Michael Boder have been awarded prizes at the annual Diapason d’Or de l’Année in France for their respective recordings of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. The prestigious awards are decided by a panel of critics from Diapason magazine and broadcasters from France Musique.

McCreesh’s Diapason d’Or de l’Année for Elijah, recorded with the Gabrieli Consort & Players and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, brings a highly successful recording year to a close. The disc, described by Gramophone as “a triumph”, was released in 2012 on McCreesh’s Winged Lion (Signum) record label. The Daily Telegraph commented:

“The sound is tremendous…but as in the recording of the Grande Messe des Morts, one of the striking aspects of the performance is the way that Paul McCreesh so naturally places the great set pieces within the context of a multifaceted expressive whole… a definite first choice.”

McCreesh conducts Elijah in May 2014 with Sydney Symphony Orchestra & Choir, his debut with the orchestra.

Michael Boder’s DVD recording of Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti, recorded at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2011, received an award for Best DVD Production of the Year. The production was directed by Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus) and featured a cast including Chris Mettitt, Inés Moraleda, Ana Puche, Werner Van Mechelen, Frode Olsen, Ning Liang, Barbara Hannigan, Brian Asawa and Simon Butteriss, as well as the Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Le Grand Macabre was recorded during Boder’s tenure as Music Director at the Liceu, and in 2012 the DVD was also honoured with the Spanish critics’ award from Avant-Scène Opéra magazine. In March 2014, Boder conducts the opera at Copenhagen’s Danish Royal Theatre in a new production by Kasper Holten, one of several productions to mark Boder’s first season as Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the theatre.

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Paul McCreesh inaugural concerts as Principal Conductor with Gulbenkian Orchestra

30 September 2013

Paul McCreesh opens the Gulbenkian Orchestra’s new season this week in his inaugural concerts as Principal Conductor. In the stunning setting of the 16th century Mosterio dos Jeronimnos in Belém he will conduct Haydn's Creation, joined by the Gulbenkian Choir and a stellar line-up of soloists including Sophie Bevan, Jeremy Ovenden, and Neal Davies.

October also sees McCreesh make his debut with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in a Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Beethoven programme for performances on the 10, 11 and 12 October. He then joins the Gulbenkian Orchestra on tour in China where he conducts them in Macau (18 October), Guangzhou (19 October) and Beijing (20 October).

He also returns to the Basel Chamber Orchestra for a tour of Italy and Switzerland, joined by the Estonian Chamber Choir for performances of Mozart's Requiem. Performances take place on 29 and 30 October, and 1 November.

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Paul McCreesh wins Gramophone Award for Best Early Recording with Gabrieli Consort & Players

27 August 2013

Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players have been awarded the Best Early Recording prize at the 2013 Gramophone Awards for A New Venetian Coronation 1595.

A Venetian Coronation, a recreation of music written by Gabrieli for the coronation of Doge Marino Grimani in 1595, was originally released by McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort to widespread critical acclaim in 1990, winning McCreesh a Gramophone Award. Revisiting the music over 20 years later, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 was released on Winged Lion / Signum Classics in July 2012 and allowed McCreesh and the period ensemble to take advantage of developments in early instruments and performance techniques.

Upon its released Gramophone praised the recording, commenting: “McCreesh’s feel for the shifting colours of polychoral music was always firm but he finds extra variety here with greater use of solo voices.” (Gramophone, July 2012)

Winged Lion was established by McCreesh in 2010 in partnership with Signum Classics and has seen the release of a host of acclaimed recordings by the choral conductor, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Berlioz’ Grande Messe des Morts.

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