Music Articles

Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.


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June 15, 2012

SFCV critic Janos Gereben picks 10 events for the summer, just as summer festivals are springing up and other seasons are in full bloom. 

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June 12, 2012

It’s a tale for our times, though not an uplifting one. In the end, no one would or could do what was necessary to save a local professional orchestra.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Dvořák: Stabat Mater

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Dvořák’s Stabat Mater was a work brought about by personal tragedy of almost incomprehensible proportions, after the composer lost all three of his children. A setting of the medieval Latin prayer to the bereaved mother of the crucified Christ, it was to become both a work of mourning and a work of healing. The shifts of mood from grief and near despair to hope and faith run throughout the work, before the glory and solace of the final Amen. Neeme Järvi conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in this live concert recording.

The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most respected maestros. He conducts many of the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest caliber. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of over 450 recordings. This new album sits alongside Järvi’s acclaimed recording of the Dvořák Requiem released on the LPO label in 2009.

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June 5, 2012

John Adams’ opera has outlasted its critics and finally makes it to San Francisco, thanks to its original commissioner, David Gockley.

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Behzod Abduraimov : Prokofiev Sonata No 6, Liszt & Saint Saens

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Already described as “stunning” (The Independent) and “magnificent” (Music Web International), the young Abduraimov presents a personal selection of explosive pianistic repertoire for his debut recording. A themed program of demonic dances, God, and war is showcased with technical virtuosity that demonstrates why he was the young winner of the London International Piano Competition.

Decca Records is offering the track "Suggestion Diabolique, Op. 4 No. 4" from Prokofiev Sonata No 6, Liszt and Saint-Saëns for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.

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June 4, 2012

As the Philadelphia Orchestra counts pennies, can it count on remaining a top-tier orchestra?

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June 1, 2012

Soprano Judith Nelson, one of the world’s most famous singers of Baroque music as the early music revival began, died peacefully May 28, at the close of a 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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