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Company Description: Nicht alle Tage kann man das Abenteuer Musik in solcher Leibhaftigkeit spüren, wie mit dem L’Orfeo Barockorchester unter Michi Gaigg. Ein unglaubliches,...   more
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L'Orfeo Barockorchester • CD Recordings & Reviews
www.lorfeo.com, 31 July 2015 [cached]
"Nicht alle Tage kann man das Abenteuer Musik in solcher Leibhaftigkeit spüren, wie mit dem L'Orfeo Barockorchester unter Michi Gaigg.
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Gaigg is a decisive leader who encourages her colleagues to brandish their bows and clip the dotted notes with breathtaking panache […] percussionist Rogerio Gonçalves provides wonderful rhythmic counterpoint. [...] strikingly idiosyncratic performances." (Gramophone Magazine, February 2009)
"Numerous recordings of Rebel's „Les Élémens" have been made: the earliest was by the Orchestra of the ORTF directed by André Jarve in 1973, followed by Christopher Hogwood (1980), Marc Minkowski (1993), Reinhard Goebel (1995) [...]? Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra join the ranks of these with determination and animated tempos, revelling in the score's harshness and sound metamorphoses.
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Michi Gaigg nevertheless knows the art of extreme subtleties and the magic of colour.
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Directed by: Michi Gaigg
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With virtuoso horn parts, a dense and inventive composition, this music seems to be on a par with the "Brandenburg concertos". […] Michi Gaigg's lively approach and the scintillating sound of the L'Orfeo Barockorchester make this live recording from the Telemann Festtage 2012 very enjoyable.
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[…] Michi Gaigg posseses an intuitive talent, with brilliant intelligence she senses and presents the structure of the scenes und coordinates the trickiest (of which there are numerous) parts in the score.
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[…] Michi Gaigg collected a fine vocal ensemble. The female voices are style-defining […]. In a word: this recording is a shining gem, finely polished by Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Barockorchester!
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[…] Once again Michi Gaigg, with the L'Orfeo Barockorchester, confirms her pioneering role as a music discoverer.
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[…] The L'Orfeo Barockorchester, performing here with 21 musicians, and conducted by Michi Gaigg presents a brilliant start, proving Telemann's hitherto unknown opera to be a masterpiece.
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Directed by: Michi Gaigg
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Gaigg resurrects the young Mozart's Metastasio project
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Michi Gaigg has long outgrown being one of Nikolaus Harnoncourt's best students.
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[…] Anyone who has experienced Michi Gaigg and the L'Orfeo Barockorchester at the Telemann Festival Magdeburg knows the drive and enthusiasm that permeate eighteenth century music when performed with this vitality. And here again: the ternary overture depicting the besiegement of Bethulia keeps the listener at the edge of his chair. Michi Gaigg's sensitive direction allows the singers ample space for intense expression.
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[…] Michi Gaigg manages to strike theatrical sparks in this challenging yet static oratorio with the brilliant L'Orfeo Barockorchester. […]
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[…] It's [Gaigg's] guiding hand that ultimately makes this recording well worth considering. […] well worthwhile for confirmed Mozartians. […] (Musicweb International, 12 November 2013)
[…] Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Barockorchester deserve great credit for reviving Mozart's early work. Instead of confirming the general opinion of a boring and rather conventional work Bethulia is uncovered as a composition with promising boldness and hidden treasures.
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directed by: Michi Gaigg
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The orchestra, directed by Michi Gaigg, melts splendidly with her sound.
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Directed by: Michi Gaigg
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[…] Michi Gaigg and her orchestra never choose the easy way out.
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[…] With this album Michi Gaigg presents a crystal clear perspective on the young Schubert.
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Directed by: Michi Gaigg
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Michi Gaigg prefers silvery sounds and courtly strictness. But she also has an eye for subtle nuances, especially in the "Ritournelle" from "Hippolyte et Aricie".
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With their latest release Michi Gaigg and her musicians ventured into more familiar realms of repertoire. […] This is music in which the special qualities of L'Orfeo are best demonstrated. The overtures and numerous dance movements of the two suites are rendered here in vivid colours.
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Michi Gaigg and the L'Orfeo Barockorchester present these aspects with great intensity. (Fono Forum, Arnd Richter, July 2011)
[…] The result is once again contagious: Michi Gaigg and her „orpheic" colleagues render these miniature orchestral dances with lilting enthusiasm and rhythmical precision and clarity.
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Michi Gaigg and the L'Orfeo Barockorchester have exactly what it takes in this release of orchestral suites from „Hippolyte et Aricie" and „Zais". (MDR Figaro, Beatrice Schwartner, 16 May 2011)
[…] The L'Orfeo Barockorchester directed by Michi Gaigg again plays as noble as can be The finest detail, often hidden behind a shimmering surface, is highlighted.
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Michi Gaigg seems to approach all music from a sense of movement. […] (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Jenny Berg, 6 May 2011)
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Directed by: Michi Gaigg
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Gaigg and the orchestra deliver the symphonies with bright timbres and vivacious playing, and the historically informed techniques and sounds of a period ensemble are faithfully produced.
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[…] Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Barockorchester convincingly prove the reknowned musicologist Ludwig Finscher wrong. According to the latter Gluck was neither inspired nor revolutionary in his instrumental compositions. […] The quality of the compositions recorded here, their versatility and the emotional depth tell another story.
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In comparison Michi Gaigg's new release seems much more coherent on the whole.
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[…] The L'Orfeo Barockorchester, in small cast, directed by Michi Gaigg, lives up to its name and accompanies with confidence, subtlety and attentiveness.
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"[...] The opera is introduced with powerfully striding chords by the L'Orfeo Barockorchester on period instruments, conducted by Michi Gaigg [...] The arias are presented as independent orchestral statements and not merely as accompaniment […] A highly successful and well-balanced recording.
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The result is a highly entertaining event, especially when rendered so convincingly by Michi Gaigg and the L'Orfeo Barockorchester. [...] Gaigg approaches each different style without harsh contrasts.
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Conductor: Michi Gaigg
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"[…] Michi Gaigg found a coherent approach for this sparkling work. Her fine sense of the narrative flow shows in the Accompagnati. Musical gesture and dramatic action find a homogenous symbiosis. The "Island" is not presented here as a great opera, but rather as a light Divertissement. And that might be the correct approach. Gaigg's vocal ensemble is young and approaches this work with a refreshing ease. […]" (Fono Forum, Andreas Friesenhagen, 04/2010)
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The astounding performance by the L'Orfeo Barockorchester, directed by Michi Gaigg, underlines these aspects.
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The L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, directed by Michi Gaigg, proves that Haydn can't be labelled as a „portly papa".
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"[...] The second excellent (and unexpected literary) message from Haydn is delivered by the violinist and conductor Michi Gaigg.
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"The accompaniment of the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, conducted by its co-founder Michi Gaigg, ist colourful and precise.
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"?What an immense sensibility Michi Gaigg shows with every piece she conducts!
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Both singers are accompanied excellently by the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra and Michi Gaigg.
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Gaigg is a decisive leader who encourages her colleagues to brandish their bows and clip the dotted notes with breathtaking panache […] percussionist Rogerio Gonçalves provides wonderful rhythmic counterpoint. [...] strikingly idiosyncratic performances. (Gramophone Magazine, February 2009)
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The L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra directed by Michi Gaigg combines this musical spectacle of the French late-Baroque with a Suite from Rameau's "Castor et Pollux". Great!
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"Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra have been courting 17th and 18th century French music for a while now.
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"Numerous recordings of Rebel's „Les Élémens" have been made: the earliest was by the Orchestra of the ORTF directed by André Jarve in 1973, followed by Christopher Hogwood (1980), Marc Minkowski (1993), Reinhard Goebel (1995) [...]?Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra join the ranks of these with determination and animated tempos, revelling in the score's harshness and sound metamorphoses.
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Michi Gaigg nevertheless kn
L'Orfeo Barockorchester: Kontaktadressen
www.lorfeo.com, 7 Aug 2008 [cached]
Michi Gaigg
L'Orfeo Barockorchester • Press Reviews
www.lorfeo.com, 29 Jan 2013 [cached]
"Nicht alle Tage kann man das Abenteuer Musik in solcher Leibhaftigkeit spüren, wie mit dem L'Orfeo Barockorchester unter Michi Gaigg. Ein unglaubliches, künstlerisches Ereignis!"
Press Reviews
Michi Gaigg has long outgrown being one of Nikolaus Harnoncourt's best students.
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[…] I am impressed by her (MIchi Gaigg's) own personal stilistic approach which makes me hear Schubert differently. Schweizer Rundfunk (SRF2), Lislot Frei, 30 June 2012
One of the most exciting Baroque ensembles that our neighbouring country Austria can boast is the L'Orfeo Barockorchester, founded in Linz in 1996. Directed by the Baroque violinist, Michi Gaigg, this ensemble has moved into the front row of the European Early Music scene
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Michi Gaigg seems to approach all music from a sense of movement. […]
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Michi Gaigg
L'Orfeo Barockorchester • News
www.lorfeo.com, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
"Nicht alle Tage kann man das Abenteuer Musik in solcher Leibhaftigkeit spüren, wie mit dem L'Orfeo Barockorchester unter Michi Gaigg.
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A programme presented by Elgin Heuerding (including an interview with Michi Gaigg)
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Michi Gaigg Director
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Michi Gaigg Conductor
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The internationally acclaimed soprano, Sophie Karthäuser, and the L'Orfeo Barockorchester, conducted by Michi Gaigg, are paying tribute to the distinguished musical dramatist André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspielen 2013.
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Michi Gaigg
L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra: Press reviews
www.lorfeo.com [cached]
"Michi Gaigg [ ... ] and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra have already presented audiences in Melk with some exquisite concerts.The concert this year started with Christoph Willibald Gluck' Ouverture "La Tempête". [ ... ] This incredible work centres on human emotions, one of Michi Gaigg's great interpretative strengths.
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Michi Gaigg celebrated this French masterwork by an old genius with a thorough understanding of joyful dances, a heartfelt zest and the grand sound of historical bows and instruments.
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"[ ... ] The Matinée by the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra directed by Michi Gaigg culminated in a colourful interpretation of the Suite from Rameau's Castor et Pollux."
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Amazing to hear how the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra and it's leader Michi Gaigg seem to melt into the movement, the breath, the inflection, the articulation and the sound of the Baroque music.
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"L'Orfeo, directed by Michi Gaigg, was convincing with their balanced string sound, incredibly light woodwind sound, sensitive traversos, beautiful oboe solos and a fine sense for cantabile lines [ ...
Die Presse, Vienna, 8 August 2007
" ... musical director and conductor, Michi Gaigg, and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra introduce the Sturm and Drang composer Benda with sufficient sensibility and colourful freshness, bringing back to life this exquisite work.
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" ... musical director and conductor, Michi Gaigg, seems to be fascinated by the artful "psychologising" role of the orchestra in this opera seria as Singspiel. ...It was to be expected that Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra would find the right approach to Benda's score ... and so one could enjoy the different emotional studies which mimed the scenes on stage. ... "
Neue Kronenzeitung, 6 August 2007
" ... Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra provide a light and finely woven musical carpet of noblest descent. ... "
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Michi Gaigg as congenial conductor was the ideal promoter, supported energetically by her wonderful concert master Julia Huber.
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" ... Michi Gaigg and her ensemble take an individual way.
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If anyone is to be invited again soon it has to be Michi Gaigg and L'Orfeo."
Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, 7 December 2006
"A clever concept underlay the concert in Linz's Bruckner House on Tuesday with Michi Gaigg and her ten year old "L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra": "A Mozart Triad" - Works by father Leopold, son Wolfgang and grandson Franz Xaver Mozart.
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Wolfgang Amadeus' Symphony in g minor was interpreted quite briskly by Gaigg ... elegant, delightful playing."
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The musicians are so flexible and intuitive that Michi Gaigg is able to lead them with the smallest gesture."
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"The L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, founded by Michi Gaigg, is a guarantee for cultivated playing.
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"It isn't common to sense the exhiliration of a musical adventure as vividly as with Michi Gaigg's L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra.An incredible artistic feat!"
Neues Volksblatt, 1 August 2006
"Typical for the way in which Gaigg leads her orchestra on original instruments is the exquisitely homogenous string sound combined with sensitive winds."
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One of them is Michi Gaigg, born and bred in the Salzkammergut, leader of the internationally highly renowned L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra and director of the wonderful festival in the Strudengau (Donaufestwochen).The Baroque scene in Upper Austria would've been infinitely poorer without her.
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Michi Gaigg and her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra interpret the sparkling score with intoxicating zest.They could also rely on a faultless vocal ensemble."
Wiener Zeitung, 9 August 2005
"The musicians swept through Zaide's 15 numbers with zest and historically informed enthusiasm.They were conducted with equal drive and sensitivity by Michi Gaigg."
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"Michi Gaigg, conducting her L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, inspires the musicians to play impulsively, dramatically and with strong expression.
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The spirited orchestra and its equally brilliant conductor Michi Gaigg convey the music's joyful drive.Michi Gaigg interprets the colourful score by demanding courtly austerity, dancelike playfulness or, by means of minimal gestures, just the right measure for a Largo."
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"The Austrian orchestra and its leader Michi Gaigg (violin) started the concert with Johann Sebastian Bach's first Orchestral Suite.Here, and also after the interval with the fifth Brandenburg Concerto L'Orfeo proved that it should be counted among the very best Baroque orchestras today.The excellent string playing, the perfect blend of the winds, this is probably insurpassable."
St. John's Passion 2005 (Collegium Vocale Salzburg, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Ltg.Michi Gaigg)
Die Presse, Vienna, 29 March 2005
" ... Michi Gaigg, her L' Orfeo Baroque Orchestra and the Collegium Vocale Salzburg presented an expressive performance, underlining the drama with dissonances ... "
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"The leader Michi Gaigg managed to identify with the very personal style of the composer.
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" ... Michi Gaigg and her orchestra present an interpretation which is fresh, eloquent, vivid and contrasting ... "
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"Michi Gaigg, who leads the ensemble from the violin, bestowed new acoustic experiences upon Haydn's symphonies "Le matin" and "Le soir".
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"Michi Gaigg's L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, an Austrian ensemble with technical maturity, brimming excitement and with a warm and full sound played Bach, Wagenseil and Rameau on Whit Monday."
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