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!


Chamber Music Review
September 20, 2016

The quartet’s meticulous attention to detail enlivens a program of Mozart and Haydn in an intimate setting.

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Chamber Music Review
September 19, 2016

With pianist Inon Barnatan, the orchestra was in tip-top form covering Mozart and Philip Glass.

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Recital Review
September 14, 2016

The pianist was eloquent, both speaking and playing, in a big recital.

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Chamber Music Review
September 13, 2016

A rousing retrospective ranges from minimalist to expansive, and celebrates both the somber and the spontaneous.

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Choral Review
August 23, 2016

Music Director Robert Geary’s intimate knowledge of Verdi’s choral masterpiece anchored a strong, if flawed, performance.

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Chamber Music Review
August 20, 2016

After playing second fiddle to text on Lang’s new piece, cellist Maya Beiser shines on his earlier world to come.

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Recital Review
August 16, 2016

New Piano Collective’s second inaugural program ranged from the sublime to the silly.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
August 16, 2016

The North American premiere of a 1734 Handel serenata is an interesting glimpse of the composer fulfilling his duties as unofficial court composer. Eyes and ears were on some of the strongly cast soloists.

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