Kraemer, Music of the Baroque showcase invention in varied program
February 2015, Chicago Classical Review
The attention to characterization that they would employ throughout this performance was noticeable from the very outset of the first movement in which the violins played their upward scale figures as if they were firing them like arrows off the strings, which contrasted nicely with the impassive melody in the woodwinds."
Susanna Phillips lights up a trio of composers with Music of the Baroque
January 2015, Chicago Classical Review
“Those fortunate enough to have seen a Susanna Phillips performance will know that her artistry makes the sonic and the visual all of one piece. Her vocal characterizations are wedded to facial expressions and physical gestures to create a fully absorbing dramatic experience."
Gray finds fifty shades of Christmas in MOB’s holiday program
December 2014, Chicago Classical Review
“Amid the snowflake-like abundance of seasonal concert offerings, one can always count on Music of the Baroque’s annual Brass and Choral program to offer intelligent holiday programming a cut above the standard carols and crossover piffle."
MOB's Christmas Oratorio
December 2014, Chicago Tribune
“[I] came away impressed with Glover's firm pacing, her judicious balancing of the 26-voice chorus against the instrumental body of 35 players, and the beguiling lift she brought to the rhythms. [The] chorus brought a manifest sense of rejoicing to everything it sang, its diction crisp and precise no matter how brisk the tempos.”
Nothing sacred in Music of the Baroque's routine Christmas Oratorio
December 2014, Chicago Classical Review
“[Roderick Williams] provided most of the solo highlights, singing in superbly idiomatic style with a firm line yet yielding, flexible expression and making every line of the text count. Few can beat Paul Agnew as an Evangelist. Soprano Yulia Van Doren sang with a bright tone and blended well with Williams in their duets. Mezzo Krisztina Szabo brought worthy drama to her recitatives in the latter cantatas.”
Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque revisit Bach's Christmas Oratorio
November 2014, Chicago Sun Times
“Every number is just gorgeous. There is a not a moment you can possibly get bored. As always with Bach, it’s musically alpha-double-plus, and you’re taken on such a spiritual journey as well.”
Offbeat: Epic Holiday Treats from Turin, Joey DeFrancesco and Music of the Baroque
November 2014, NewCity Music
“At our last performance of the Christmas Oratorio [people] kept saying that we should do it every year. ”
Kraemer opens MOB season with well-tempered Mozart
October 2014, Chicago Classical Review
“The vocal end was especially well-served Monday with a finely balanced quartet (soprano Sherezade Panthaki, mezzo Meg Bragle, tenor Thomas Cooley and baritone Stephen Powell). The MOB chorus, well prepared by William Jon Gray, sang with notable fervor and refinement, and the orchestra played well with an imposing trombone solo by Luis Fred in the “Tuba mirum.””
Concert review: Music of the Baroque season opener
October 2014, Chicago Tribune
“Kraemer's vision proved powerful and strongly dramatic.”
Music of the Baroque provides a winning night of Bach & Handel "Italian" style
April 2014, Chicago Classical Review
“The music-making inside the Harris was notably vibrant and rewarding...with Nicholas Kraemer leading from the harpsichord in a deft mixture of familiar works and rarities spotlighting two vocal works set in Italian by Bach and Handel.”
'Creation' comes to life at Balboa Theatre
April 2014, San Diego Union-Tribune
“Under Glover‘s enlightened leadership, everything sounded effortless. It all flowed together, as befits a work completely absent of darkness or malice. Indeed, it‘s hard to think of a more optimistic, uplifting piece of music.”
Glover, Music of the Baroque soar in Haydn's 'Creation’
April 2014, Chicago Classical Review
“Under Glover's vital and nuanced direction, the excellent three soloists and the Music of the Baroque orchestra and chorus delivered an ebullient, vividly characterized performance that gave us one of MOB's finest efforts of recent seasons.”
Music of the Baroque delivers a masterful ‘Creation’
March 2014, Chicago Sun-Times
“Sunday's superb debut performance, which featured a chamber orchestra and aptly compact 35-voice chorus, captured the full vibrancy, energy and charm of this masterful adaptation of the Book of Genesis.”
Music of the Baroque concert review
March 2014, Chicago Tribune
“Glover brought to ‘The Creation’ an academic's understanding of Haydn style and a veteran performer's understanding of how to give this richly varied music living, breathing form on stage. And she infused her palpable committment in her capable soloists, orchestra and chorus.”
Chorus shines royally in Music of the Baroque program
January 2014, Chicago Classical Review
“With notably clear textures, Glover found a dexterous balance between refinement and vigor, with tempos fleet yet never breathless. The orchestra was in exceptional form with concertmaster du jour Kathleen Brauer leading with especially fine playing. Yet the most impressive element Monday was the first-class contribution of the chorus.”
Tenor Agnew makes impressive podium debut with
Music of the Baroque’s holiday program
December 2013, Chicago Classical Review
“Agnew coaxed full-throated singing from his forces, the sopranos filling the space with waves of radiant lyrical outpourings.”
Harmonious times for Music of the Baroque
November 2013, Chicago Tribune
“It was refreshing to hear Beethoven and Schubert symphonies and a Mozart piano concerto played by an orchestra of 37 musicians, close in size to that of the Viennese ensembles of the late 18th and early 19th centuries...Always the music moved with gracious phrasing and flowing, singing lines.”
Pianist boosts Music of the Baroque's Classical-era program
November 2013, Chicago Classical Review
“Jane Glover, music director of Music of the Baroque, delights in periodically pushing beyond the years 1600-1750 that have become the handy default dates for the Baroque era.”
A pleasing evening of Bach at the Harris Theater
October 2013, Chicago Tribune
“MOB pleases more consistently in Bach than in the works of just about any other composer, particularly when guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer is in charge, balancing historical awareness with communicative expression.”
Baritone sparks winning Bach program for Music of the Baroque
October 2013, Chicago Classical Review
“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..”
MOB wraps season with a deep and memorable "St. John Passion"
May 2013, Chicago Classical Review
“Jane Glover and Music of the Baroque did Bach’s music great justice Sunday night at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The performance was in the Baroque style and far from stodgy and academic. It was tensely dramatic, tenderly beautiful, and on edge, as a story of this magnitude ought to be.”
Music of the Baroque's 'Israel in Egypt'
April 2013, Chicago Tribune
“Music director Jane Glover's journey through the big 18th century choral masterpieces with her Music of the Baroque chorus and orchestra took her to Handel's biblical oratorio "Israel in Egypt," in a stylish and satisfying performance heard Sunday evening at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.”
Music of the Baroque triumphs in Handel's 'Israel in Egypt'
April 2013, Chicago Sun-Times
“Major works by Mozart and Haydn have marked Jane Glover’s 10th season as music director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. But it would be hard to find a better demonstration of the high level that this 42-year-old local institution has achieved under Glover and chorus director William Jon Gray, now in his third season, than the brilliant presentation Monday of Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” at the Harris Theater..”
Glover, MOB bring Biblical fervor to “Israel in Egypt”
April 2013, Chicago Classical Review
“…Glover and the Music of the Baroque orchestra and chorus succeeded brilliantly in putting this inspired score across. Glover consistently illuminated Handel’s imaginative musical onomatopoeia as with the whirling violin passages depicting the flies, the pizzicato for rain, and uninhibited timpani and trumpets for a driving hailstorm.”
Winning Haydn in plain sight with Kraemer, Music of the Baroque
February 2013, Chicago Classical Review
“…how many conductors can make you smile and almost laugh out loud at a particularly witty phrase or unexpected harmonic turn? MOB’s principal guest conductor—in fact, the ensemble’s only guest conductor—is masterful in this repertoire, as shown once again in Friday’s pairing of early and late Haydn symphonies…”
Jane Glover takes stock of her fruitful decade with Music of the Baroque
January 2013, Chicago Tribune
“…the stylistic awareness, interpretive depth and sheer ebullience of outlook Glover has brought to MOB's core Baroque and Classical orchestral and choral repertory in the course of her ten years here have made it one of the most admired groups of its type in the nation.”
Music of the Baroque serves up a generous and wide-ranging Christmas program
December 2012, Chicago Classical Review
“Choral director William Jon Gray curated a generous program of works of almost dizzying variety Thursday night at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest.”
Music of the Baroque presents a varied and engaging Bach program
November 2012, Chicago Classical Review
“Music of the Baroque delivered a thrilling, up-tempo take on this resplendent music…”
Music of the Baroque’s Nicholas Kraemer never tires of Bach
November 2012, Chicago Classical Review
“There are all of sorts of treasures waiting to be done by this group…there's no better instrument for that in Chicago…”
Glover, Music of the Baroque take flight in Haydn mass
October 2012, Chicago Classical Review
“Glover showed she has the full measure of this work, drawing a vital, boldly projected and richly expressive…One could hardly imagine a more rousing sendoff to Glover’s tenth anniversary season.”
Glover continues to find warmth and enjoyment in her tenth anniversary season
October 2012, Chicago Classical Review
“Since Glover’s arrival, there’s an electricity in the air at MOB performances, which is not always the case at classical concerts.”
Music of the Baroque’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso…a notable highlight of Chicago’s 2011–12 musical season
March 2012, Opera News
“You won’t hear more finely tuned, perfectly blended choral singing anywhere in Chicago—or anywhere else, I daresay.”
Music of the Baroque soars with Handel rarity
March 2012, Chicago Classical Review
“Glover was at her finest, setting brisk and buoyant tempos…”
Music of the Baroque’s ‘tour’ full of delightful variety
February 2012, Chicago Tribune
“Four countries in less than two hours…”
Kraemer, Music of the Baroque serve up a delightful double-shot of Haydn
January 2012, Chicago Classical Review
“If you can’t enjoy Haydn, then it’s quite likely that you have no soul…”
Music of the Baroque breathes new life into holiday program
December 2011, Chicago Classical Review
“Gray is taking these concerts very seriously, and not simply as routine holiday fare…”
Kraemer, Music of the Baroque bring stylish vivacity to populist Bach
November 2011, Chicago Classical Review
“It was refined and flowing, effectively scraping off accumulated Victorian sentimentality…”