New York Times: Review

Chamber-scale Mahler would appear to be the kind of oxymoron that George Carlin once fixated on, like jumbo shrimp. Mahler, high priest of an all-embracing symphonic gigantism, wrote works seemingly ill suited to the salon-scale conversion involved in a performance of his Symphony No. 4 by the Chelsea Symphony at Bargemusic on Saturday night. Read more >>

Classical Voice of New England: Review

The occasion was the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s double concerto for violin and cello entitled “States of Fantasy”, inspired by the book of the same title by Jacqueline Rose. I traveled to New York City to review a duo from Massachusetts, but encountered a trio that turned into a quartet. The duo, Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim, are half of the Borromeo String Quartet – the Quartet in Residence at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The trio grew out of a confluence of politics, literature and music, resolving into a quartet of writer, composer, soloists and orchestra at the Saturday night performance. The music alone was a rich experience; in the greater context of the music’s origin, the experience was intellectually and psychically provocative. Read more >>