Classical Music Reviews

Every week, our professional critics attend concerts throughout the Bay Area to let you know what went well...and occasionally what didn't. Let their insights enrich your musical experiences, and feel free to share your own views!


Early Music/Baroque Review
November 15, 2016

The early music group delves into love, Italian style.

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Chamber Music Review
November 15, 2016

Composer Andy Akiho evokes computers instead of using them in his piano quintet. Maybe that’s the secret of his success.

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Chamber Music Review
November 8, 2016

Like overgrown kids playing in a sandbox, this percussion ensemble played a concert of new music that lifted spirits and attracted some young fans.

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Chamber Music Review
October 27, 2016

New music aces Volti and Left Coast Ensemble team up for a program based on personal letters.

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Chamber Music Review
October 18, 2016

In their first concert in the series, the venerable ensemble delivered a mixed performance that ranged from murky to transcendent.

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Chamber Music Review
October 18, 2016

Pianist Jonathan Biss curates an evening of late period Beethoven at San Francisco Performances.

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Chamber Music Review
October 11, 2016

Eight different composers, four musicians, 2,000 pictures of America, one enthralling experience.

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Recital Review
October 11, 2016

The Iranian-American virtuoso transcended expectations in a challenging program that ranged from the traditional to the cutting edge.

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Chamber Music Review
October 11, 2016

Unusual instrumental techniques highlight gorgeous soundscapes in a varied program of new music.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
October 11, 2016

Standout vocal performances and attention to musical details do full justice to Bach’s spiritual masterwork.

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