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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

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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 6, 2015

Filled with music and ideas from outside the concert hall, Ted Hearne's new work opens doors, but it was not the only fresh performance at Davies this past week.

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