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Lisa Hirsch

Lisa Hirsch is a technical writer. She studied music at Brandeis and Stony Brook, and blogs about classical music and opera at Iron Tongue of Midnight.

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
May 4, 2015

A new chamber opera by Tarik O'Regan shows the continuing power of Conrad's story, despite some flaws.

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Opera Review
November 15, 2014

Benjamin Britten's Curlew River, a comparative rarity in that composer's catalog, presented by Cal Performances, offered two performances of an acclaimed production that originated in London and is now touring the United States.

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Chamber Music Review
November 3, 2014

The Hagen Quartet of Austria plays a program of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms in a performance presented by San Francisco Performances.

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Festival Review
August 10, 2013

Colorful and imaginative orchestral works dominate at a concert in which the younger composers outshine the elder master Philip Glass.

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Opera Review
June 19, 2013

In the opera Mary Magdalene, a fine quartet of leading singers and excellent musical leadership is held back by the libretto, staging, and score.

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CD Review
June 14, 2013

Cellist Matt Haimovitz suits the age-of-anxiety mood of Philip Glass’ cello concerto, based on his movie score and recently expanded to concerto dimensions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 28, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony memorializes one of its great members, oboist William Bennett, with a moving concert of Bruckner and Mozart.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 6, 2013

In a program apparently designed to show off the glorious Symphony Chorus, this week's Poulenc and Berlioz extravaganza, led in masterly fashion by guest conductor Charles Dutoit, is a majestic occasion.

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Chamber Music Review
January 19, 2013

The Alexander String Quartet celebrates two giants of chamber music, doing more than justice to Benjamin Britten’s centennial, not to mention Béla Bartók.

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Modern Classical Review
October 26, 2012

While it’s hard to explain the artistic alchemy that makes Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s opera a success, it is surprisingly entertaining in the theater.

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Festival Review
August 11, 2012

The Cabrillo Festival celebrates 50 with an engaging program: a road-racer, a mult-cult piece by Golijov, a Harrison symphony, and a commissioned work by a mere youngster.

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Opera Review
June 8, 2012

Strongly cast, beautifully played and produced, the opening performance affirmed Nixon in China's standing as a musical and theatrical masterpiece and one of the great operas of the 20th century.

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Choral Review
May 5, 2012

The Easter story comes alive through American Bach Soloists’ stylish, spirited performances of contatas and oratorios.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 13, 2012

A semistaged production of Debussy's Martyr offered transporting performances, retaining spectacular elements of the original work, while emphasizing its beautiful music and religious mystery.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 7, 2011

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s visit, marking the return of the great orchestra after a 15-year absence, offered the Bay Area its first look at Ludovic Morlot. And what a look it was.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 19, 2011

James Conlon led a thrilling performance of the Verdi Reqiuem, one of sweeping power, by turns terrifying, tender, and moving; succeeding brilliantly in bringing the performers together and making a musical and dramatic whole out of a work that is all too easy to fumble.

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CD Review
October 10, 2011

A wind quintet formed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic plays works by great Czech composers with panache and flair.

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Recital Review
October 2, 2011

It’s “Thomas Adès Time” in the Bay Area, as the composer/pianist and the Calder Quartet perform a few of his works, ranging from lyrical and playful to formidably complex.

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Chamber Music Review
September 16, 2011

A recital of wind quintet pieces that ought to have enticed seems hampered by inconsistent execution and odd programming choices.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 23, 2011

A season ending performance of the challenging Missa Solemnis offers an evening of individual beauties interspersed and some disjointed moments.

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