Reviews

“In this life of flamboyant flux, it is reassuring that some things stay the same. It is even more reassuring when some things improve. A flaming example is the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music…It has prospered because they present music-making of honesty, humanity and great beauty…Long may it continue.”–Robert H. Newall, The Bangor Daily News

“The Bartok No. 5 demands exquisite virtuosity, and the members of the Borromeo Quartet, individually and as a unit, were equal to the demand. This ensemble demonstrates an ability to listen to each other, to move in concert, and to create the impression that even breath and heartbeats are working syncronistically…The Borromeo found the heart of the Beethoven as well, and more importantly, brought the audience with them through an intense and magnificent set of works.”–Weslea Sidon, The Bar Harbor Times

“The Brentanos gave a spirited view of this delightful music without smothering its somber aspects. Everything was in judicious proportion so that there were no longueurs. Also, everything was born of immediacy and spontaneity. Crow kept the piano part in fine balance so that we were aware of its role without its being overpowering. He has a velvety touch.” –Robert H. Newall, The Ellsworth American

“The Miami String Quartet demonstrates again and again their dedication to the chamber work masters, which they approach with the surprise and delight of youthful discovery. The Miami has a generous nature. Their sound is perfectly matched: a single instrument played by four. But they are expansive and flexible–solo passages, duos, other instruments, different thinking–everything is supported and embraced. It was a pleasure to hear Mark Shuman, a magnificent cellist, in such excellent company.”–Weslea Sidon, The Bar Harbor Times

“Mary Ann Hart, mezzo-soprano, with Crow at the piano, presented a warmly sensitive interpretation of these introspective compositions [Four Songs by Henri Duparc]. Hart’s masterful diction and projection of French vowels was a pleasure to hear.”–Win Pusey, The Ellsworth American

“The four pieces had poetry at their heart…and were all performed by stunningly adept musicians…So, thanks, Mr. Crow, for a deliciously sentimental journey last Tuesday, and thanks to the wonderful Chamber Fest musicians for getting us there first class.”–Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times

“The Composers Quartet plays with a sense of ensemble (attack, intonation, sublety of phrase and gesture) that must be heard to be believed. Their partner for the Shostakovich and Dohn├ínyi was the equally expert pianist Todd Crow, who managed to project the proper mix of steely bite and wry, somber lyricism in the Shostakovich, and then adroitly shifted gears for the more impassioned, super-romantic Hungarian work.”–Elliott Schwartz, The Maine Times (Portland)

“In an area rich with professional chamber music programs it is exciting and unusual to hear one that is head and shoulders above the rest. That happened on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Northeast Harbor. The Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music presented an ensemble that almost lifted the rafters of the venerable, meticulously restored Tudor-style Neighborhood House. This metaphorical feat, however, was not due primarily to volume or vigor but to the elegant restraint and sensitivity of the musicians.”–Win Pusey, Mount Desert Islander