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Niels Swinkels

Native Dutchman Niels Swinkels is a freelance journalist, musicologist, and sound engineer. Before moving to San Francisco, he was the arts editor and senior classical music/opera critic for Brabants Dagblad, a regional daily newspaper in the Netherlands. As a freelance writer and sound engineer, he currently works for San Francisco Opera, KALW Local Public Radio, Elevation Online, Earprint Productions, and others.

Articles by this Author

Early Music/Baroque Review
November 15, 2016

The early music group delves into love, Italian style.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 27, 2016

Tenor Michael Fabiano shone in the all-important opera highlights, but the full program went much deeper into the sweep of Italian music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 20, 2016

The conductor provides a revelatory reading of an iconic masterwork, devoid of the usual drama.

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Opera Review
July 19, 2016

Stripped down to essentials, this was a visceral, exciting production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea.

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Choral Review
May 17, 2016

Dr. Magen Solomon has guided the venerable community choir to new levels of artistry.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
April 26, 2016

Despite the large forces arrayed for the Easter and Ascension Oratorios, Jeffrey Thomas and his musicians achieve chamber music-like clarity and unforced communication.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 13, 2016

The orchestra’s intimate connection with the works of Mahler continues to inspire.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 5, 2016

SF Symphony featured the less-performed, edgy works in Copland's output, with Inon Barnatan at the keyboards for the Piano Concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 29, 2016

The Russian piano phenomenon delivered a thrilling performance in collaboration with Kent Nagano and the OSM.

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Chamber Music Review
March 25, 2016

Fresh compositions by Simon Dobson highlight the latest installment of this inventive series.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 23, 2016

The French conductor brought a Glimmer of new music to the San Francisco Symphony’s series of subscription concerts.

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Chamber Music Review
February 16, 2016

With friends Barry Shiffman and Zuill Bailey, Cypress Quartet gave fluid performances of Brahms’ sextets.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 3, 2016

The greats and not-so-greats of 17th-century Vienna get a hearing thanks to the Quicksilver ensemble.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 27, 2016

American Bach Soloists revisited two of the three Bach Cantatas from their inaugural concert for the opening of their 27th season.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 19, 2016

Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski made an astonishing debut with the San Francisco Symphony, joined by pianist Emanuel Ax.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
December 22, 2015

The early music ensemble performed festive pieces from the Italian baroque at St. Mark’s Lutheran in San Francisco.

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Choral Review
December 15, 2015

Bach’s sumptuous and inspired Christmas Oratorio was well-served by Jeffrey Thomas’ ace musicians.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 24, 2015

The symphony is recording Schumann’s four symphonies, but orchestra and soloist made a stronger case for Richard Strauss.

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Choral Review
November 4, 2015

The chorus joined the early music ensemble in honoring 17th-century female composers.

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Choral Review
October 20, 2015

Cal Bach Society celebrated the opening of its 45th season with a fine performance of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Votiva.

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