“The august ensemble approaches its bicentennial season in peak shape, with an artistic director, Harry Christophers, who understands that early music should be not just ‘authentic’ but also, you know, musical.”
2014 Best Classical Music Ensemble: The Handel and Haydn Society
Boston Magazine (Best of Boston Issue), 7/29/14

“200 Years and Counting with Handel and Haydn Society”
Where Magazine (Cheryl Fenton), 7/18/14
“Handel and Haydn Society Partners with Local Schools”
The Boston Globe (James H. Burnett III), 6/22/14

“Schütz provides a memorial suited to an enlightened noble”
The Boston Globe (Matthew Guerrieri), 5/31/14

“Under music director Harry Christophers — in charge for the last five years — the chorus is absolutely top notch. Despite wonderful performances from two of the soloists — soprano Joelle Harvey as Dalila and a Philistine Woman, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook as Samson’s father Manoah — the chorus deservedly won the greatest cheers.”
Gay City News (David Shengold), 5/28/14
“Artistic Director Harry Christophers led this revival [of "Samson"] with idiomatic fervor in a performance that was as complete and compelling as that brought to us by Craig Smith some twenty years ago with Emmanuel Music.”
Opera con brio (Richard Beams), 5/27/14
“Mozart’s fleshed-out orchestrations and spiced up arrangements gave plenty of opportunities to show off the Handel and Haydn Society orchestra’s beautifully balanced strings, crisp attacks, and fine wind playing. … Eighteen members of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus made an admirable sound, with incisive, clear diction and lovely balance.”
Boston Musical Intelligencer (James C.S. Liu), 5/17/14
“The period-instrument orchestra (including fortepiano) performed beautifully under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. … Mozart’s orchestration was clear and transparent, even under the balcony, and the idea of having the five-part chorus perform offstage was inspired.”
Boston Classical Review (Patrick Valentino), 5/17/14
“Morris’s choreography, as always, tends to illustrate the music rather than illuminate it. … [He] teases ballet conventions, and that helps keep his motivic gestures and thematic patterns from becoming rote and repetitive over the evening’s two hours.”
The Boston Globe (Jeffrey Gantz), 5/16/14
“MMDG’s ‘Acis and Galatea’ plays on multiple channels simultaneously, with the dancers and singers on stage, the adept orchestra and chorus under the direction of long-time collaborator Nicholas McGegan (who gives the score just the lilt and propulsive swing the choreographer calls for) in the pit…”
The Arts Fuse (Debra Cash), 5/16/14
“Nicholas McGegan led the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra in a jubilant performance.”
Examiner.com (Melanie O’Neill), 5/16/14
The Boston Globe (Karen Campbell), 5/11/14
The Patriot Ledger (Iris Fanger), 5/11/14
“A triumph…”
The Hub Review (Tom Garvey), 5/11/14
“The core of this performance was the H&H Chorus, which made a joyful noise whether singing as Israelites or Philistines. The period instrument orchestra was also in good form, especially in the Dead March following Samson’s death. The soloists … were an earnest lot.”
The Boston Globe (Jeffrey Gantz), 5/6/14
“Christophers assembled a roster of outstanding soloists for this performance and, needless to say, both chorus and orchestra were in top form. Bringing it all together, Christophers infused arias and choruses with a sense of their underlying dance rhythms and melodic continuity that enlivened the pace without hurry or exaggeration, and revealed the brilliance of Handel’s understanding of dramatic situation and character.”
The Boston Musical Intelligencer (Virginia Newes), 5/4/14
“A powerful performance… A starry cast of soloists offered an interpretation that was awash in bold colors. … With broad, expressive gestures, Christophers shaped elegant phrases from the chorus and period instrument orchestra.”
The Boston Classical Review (Aaron Keebaugh), 5/3/14
“Nosky herself was dazzling in her many quicksilver solos, and her own spritely person – in her tailored, masculine jacket she might have been a musical Peter Pan – somehow conjured a haunting connection with that of the lost youth of this charming composer.”
The Hub Review (Tom Garvey), 4/10/14
“The finale [of the Haydn] was in equal measures vehement and jocular, bringing out Nosky’s apparent penchant for kinetic leadership.”
The Boston Musical Intelligencer (Vance R. Koven), 4/8/14
“[With Mendelssohn D Minor Violin Concerto] all the more reason to appreciate that Nosky gave us the chance to hear it in a vivid performance that played up the work’s not insignificant charms.”
The Boston Globe (Jeremy Eichler), 4/7/14
“The playing was exciting and propulsive throughout, led by violinist Aisslin Nosky, who is a ball of fire. It was sensitive to the style and nuance of Baroque performance but also full of emotion.”
Portland Press Herald (Christopher Hyde), 4/6/14
“But one wonders if even the prodigious Mendelssohn and his crew tore through the music of Vivaldi and C.P.E. Bach with the combination of pinpoint accuracy and abandon displayed by the Handel and Haydn Society.”
The Boston Classical Review (David Wright), 4/6/14
The Portland Press Herald (Bob Keyes), 4/3/14
Opus Affair (blog), 4/1/14
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Elizabeth Bloom), 3/22/14
Profile of Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky
“Well played”
The Improper Bostonian (Sarah Hagman), 3/17/14
“The three Bach motets had both drama and dignity. … The remaining Byrd pieces were so beautiful, I wished there could have been more.”
“Handel and Haydn Society honors Bach and Byrd”
The Boston Globe (Jeffrey Gantz), 3/17/14
“Thanks to Harry Christophers and the Handel & Haydn singers for bringing us a varied and thoughtfully put together program, brilliantly performed.”
The Boston Musical Intelligencer (Virginia Newes), 3/16/14
“Conductor Harry Christophers then led [the chorus] directly into William Byrd’s lively motet Laudibus in sanctis, unleashing the beauty of their full sound and complete command of subtle dynamics and articulations.”
The Boston Classical Review (Stefanie Lubkowski), 3/15/14
The Bach Hour with Brian McCreath, Classical Music 99.5 WCRB, 3/9/14
“An evening whose structure perhaps never quite cohered, but which was studded with small glories.”
The Hub Review (Tom Garvey), 3/4/14
“H&H concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky held center stage, and the spry leap of the strings under her implicit baton brought a round of applause from the gallery after just the first movement.”
The Hub Review (Tom Garvey), 2/26/14
“Christophers elicited a superbly full-voiced reading from the H&H Chorus.”
The Boston Globe (Seth Herbst), 2/24/14
The Boston Classical Review (Aaron Keebaugh), 2/18/14

“H&H Announces Plans for Bicentennial Season”
The Boston Globe (Jeremy Eichler), 2/15/14

“Richard Egarr is the chatty, slyly cherubic Loki of the period scene, forever upending what you thought you knew about this or that composer or piece. …[the Coriolan Overture] was one of the most gripping performances of this particular warhorse I’ve yet heard.”
“Richard Egarr at Handel & Haydn”
The Hub Review (Tom Garvey), 2/3/14

“The Fat Lady is Still Singing”
The New Yorker’s Culture Desk blog (William Robin), 1/29/14

“Guest conductor Richard Egarr lit up Symphony Hall with superstar performances.”
“Richard Egarr warms up Symphony Hall”
The Boston Globe (Jeffrey Gantz), 1/26/14

“Egarr played his role as conductor with great energy.”
“Two-and-a-half Symphonies Plus Overture”
Boston Musical Intelligencer (David Schulenberg), 1/25/14

“Egarr, with sharp and waving gestures, drew dramatic pillars of sound from the H&H musicians.”
“Egarr leads H&H in varied program from a rare Bach to familiar Beethoven”
Boston Classical Review (Aaron Keebaugh), 1/25/14

“Spend the afternoon of Dec. 31 enjoying music and storytelling to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.”

“First Night Jubilee Concert at MAAH”
Color Magazine, 12/31/13

“The results, heard a week ago at Jordan Hall… were always lovely, and often transporting.”
“A Bach set for Christmas at H&H”
The Hub Review (Tom Garvey), 12/27/13

“Ascending voices of praise rose, contributing to a lingering warm flow that was complemented beautifully by the orchestra and chorus, leading to the subtle conclusion to this concert celebrating the Mysterium.”
“A Bach Christmas”
Stylus Fine Arts (Carolyn Gregory), 12/22/2013

“Metcalfe’s all-German ‘Bach Christmas’ program was as intriguing as it was inspired. … From the zippy triple time of Scheidt’s “Puer natus in Bethlehem” to the spirited back-and-forth of the double choirs in Praetorius’s ‘In dulci jubilo,’ it was just one Christmas present after another.”
“Metcalfe helps Handel and Haydn unwrap its many presents”
The Boston Globe (Jeffrey Gantz), 12/22/2013

A British bloger’s positive assessment of “Joy to the World”: “Glorious stuff”
Classical CDs weekly
Theartsdesk.com (Graham Rickson), 12/21/2013

“The choir’s precise tuning, clear diction, and constant awareness of text, the instrumentalists’ virtuosity and sensitivity to the singers, and the assured and stylish direction of Scott Metcalfe made this program a joy to listen to.”
Refreshing Choices for Advent and Christmas
The Boston Musical Intelligencer (Geoffrey Wieting), 12/21/2013

“The singers did great—no matter how complicated it got, they were clear and steady and well matched.”
A Christmas Card from Handel and Haydn’s Bach family reunion
Boston Classical Review (David Wright), 12/20/2013

“One conductor, two programs, plenty of holiday spirit”
The Boston Globe (David Weininger), 12/20/2013

The NYC classical music radio designates “Joy to the World” as Album of the Week.  (Includes free download of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”)
Handel & Haydn Society Excels in Choral Christmas Music
WQXR, 12/15/2013

“Conductor Harry Christophers ensures a British accent at times, with the 18th-century William Billings, jovial and rough, rubbing against the velvet charms of John Rutter and Herbert Howells. The singing is both tasteful and robust, and conveys a genuine community spirit.”
The best and worst Christmas classical albums
The London Times (Geoff Brown), 12/13/2013

New Classical Tracks: Christmas Celebration from Boston
Minnesota Public Radio (Julie Amacher), 12/11/2013

“Under the direction of Harry Christophers, the chorale in particular once more produced one of the most eloquent versions of this Handel classic ever to be heard in these parts…. And of course the best ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ evah.”
The story of Christ according to Christophers
The Hub Review (Tom Garvey), 12/10/2013

“This release is well worth having, especially as it offers as fine a tonal sound as I have every heard in a recording of period instruments.”
CD Review of Haydn, Vol. 1
International Record Review, Dec 2013

 “There are some surprising and beautiful arrangements on the Boston-based Handel and Haydn Society’s ‘Joy to the World – An American Christmas.’”
CD Review of “Joy to the World”
Gramophone, 12/1/2013

“Chorus is biggest gift in H&H’s offering of ‘Messiah’”
The Boston Globe (Harlow Robinson), 12/1/2013

Handel and Haydn Society Serves Up an Exciting and Expressive ‘Messiah’
The Boston Classical Review (Stefanie Lubkowski), 11/30/2013

Weekend’s Best: Preview of ‘Messiah’ performances
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy), 11/30/2013

“Polished Albeit Risk-Free ‘Messiah’”
The Boston Musical Intelligencer (David Schulenberg), 11/30/2013

Students Get a Handel on the Classics
The Daily Item (Lynn daily newspaper), 11/29/2013

Boston Accent: H&H’s Harry Christophers / Messiah Complex
Bostonguide.com (Erica Curran), 11/26/2013

CD Reviews of Joy to the World: An American Christmas and Haydn, Vol. 1
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BBC Music Magazine, Dec 2013

“Two of Haydn’s more imaginative symphonies, earlyish and lateish, receive excellent workouts from a venerable Boston institution.”
CD Review of Haydn Symphony Nos. 6 and 82; Violin Concerto in G
New York Times (James R. Oestreich), 11/20/2013

“The Handel and Haydn Society chorus, led by Harry Christophers, lives up to its history with this collection of august Christmas carols.”
“Joy to the World: An American Christmas from the Handel and Haydn Society” Rated 3.5 (out of 4 stars)
The Buffalo News, 11/17/2013

“Llewellyn, who preceded Harry Christophers in the role of H&H’s Artistic Director, clearly hasn’t lost his touch with an orchestra – nor any of his charisma at the podium. And the orchestra responded to him with a warmth and vigor that I don’t think I’ve heard from it in a while. As reunions go, this was a sweet one.”
Review of Mozart / Beethoven concert by Tom Garvey (Hub Review)
The Hub Review, 11/15/2013

“It is a big month for Boston’s preeminent early music orchestra Handel and Haydn Society, which hosts three unique holiday concerts this month. ”
A summary of H&H’s holiday programs
wheretraveler.com, 11/14/2013

“Musical evening relatable for viewers of all ages”
Review of Mozart and Beethoven in Brandeis’ student newspaper
The Justice, 11/5/2013

“A vibrant and clear rendering of the work.” (on Beethoven No. 2) “The orchestra played with supple flow.”
Boston Classical Review on Mozart and Beethoven
Boston Classical Review, 11/4/2013

“A driving, vital performance.” “A firestorm of exuberant virtuosity.”
Globe review of Mozart and Beethoven.
Boston Globe, 11/2/2013

Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular is Back! by ArtsBoston
Mention of Messiah in ArtsBoston blog post on MHS.
Boston Herald, 11/1/2013

“Give Grant Llewellyn a warm welcome when the former music director conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra of the Handel and Haydn Society for the first time since 2008.”
Mozart and Beethoven as pick for the weekend.
The Boston Globe, 10/31/2013

“…bringing some Beethoven Symphony No. 2 realness this weekend as well as Mozart Symphony No. 35 and a fabulous Haydn sinfonia led by the reigning fierce queen of H&H, concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky.”
Mozart and Beethoven @ Handel and Haydn Society
Opus Affair, 10/30/2013

Messiah announcement on Classical World.
Broadwayworld.com, 10/25/2013

“Stylish performances.”
Review of Haydn. Vol. 1.
Music Web International, 10/24/2013

“Christophers drew many moments of compelling and exquisite beauty.”
“The most accomplished chorale in town.”
Thomas Garvey’s Review of Bach Mass in B Minor
The Hub Review, 10/24/2013

“Brilliant.” “[This CD]…has it all: attention to detail, impeccable clarity, narrative sweep and, ultimately, an unstoppable life force.”
Musical Toronto review of Haydn, Vol. 1.
Musical Toronto, 10/8/2013

“Harry Christophers’ interpretation does Haydn’s inventiveness proud.”
Early Music Review for Haydn, Vol. 1.
Early Music Review, 10/8/2013

“The singing is excellent.”
Early Music Review for An American Christmas.
Early Music Review, 10/8/2013

“Full of character and exuberance.”
Review of Haydn, Vol. 1
Boston Globe, 10/5/2013

“A bravura performance.”
Review of Bach Mass in B Minor
The Fenway News, 10/5/2013

“Brilliant.”
“[This CD]…has it all: attention to detail, impeccable clarity, narrative sweep and, ultimately, an unstoppable life force.”
Musical Toronto review of Haydn, Vol. 1.
Musical Toronto, 10/8/2013

“A jolly good ride.”
Review of Haydn, Vol. 1.
Classical Candor, 10/1/2013

“This concert made clear the great promise of next year’s 200th H&H anniversary and bodes extremely well for a great celebration of the oldest and perhaps most venerable choral group in the United States. Here’s to 200 more!”
Glorious Bach at Symphony Hall
Boston Musical Intelligencer, 9/29/2013

“Transfixing.” “The chorus…sang with remarkable precision and expressive intensity.”
Mass appeal: H&H Society off to strong start with Bach
The Boston Globe, 9/29/2013

Haydn, Vol. 1 as new release pick on Chicago’s WMFT radio blog.
WFMT Haydn, Vol. 1 CD Review
98.7 WFMT, 9/29/2013

“The ensemble performed with spring-water clarity.” “As the melodies layered upon one another, reaching heavenward in a peaceful conclusion, for an instant, all seemed right with the world.”
Boston Classical Review for Mass in B Minor.
Boston Classical Review, 9/28/2013

“Handel and Haydn Society and Period Instrument Orchestra Ratify New Contract thru June 2017″
Contract announcement on ClassicalWorld
ClassicalWorld, 9/27/2013

“Driven with eager vigor, the music communicates that plastic infectiousness of invention that makes Haydn immortal.”
Review of Haydn, Vol. 1 on Audiophile Audition web magazine
Audiophile Audition, 9/15/2013

“H&H happily sounded like one of the best HIP organizations in the country.”
“The orchestra played exceptionally well, with biting intensity when necessary but also with lovely singing tone in the quieter moments.””As fine as the orchestra was, the chorus of 29 was even more impressive, singing with precision and nuance and making such a splendid noise that one could easily have imagined that there were twice their number on stage.”
Review of Jephtha (H&H’s and  Les Arts Florissants’).
Parterre, 6/2/2013