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
February 14, 2017

The highlights, including a rare chaconne by Marin Marais, stuck with you.

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Recital Review
February 14, 2017

The French pianist offers surprising insights into works by Ravel and Medtner.

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Chamber Music Review
February 7, 2017

The Kronos Quartet prepares us for the future of music with “Here and Now.”

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Chamber Music Review
January 31, 2017

Ensemble Signal shines in a program of recent Steve Reich works that demand precision and verve.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 31, 2017

Flat programming and dull arrangements don’t fulfill the promise of the revered ensemble.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 31, 2017

Philharmonia Baroque offers a bit of arcane music history along with fine performances of Mozart and Haydn.

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Chamber Music Review
January 11, 2017

The Rule of Three ruled this show, featuring a varied trio of concertos.

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Chamber Music Review
December 20, 2016

The piano and violin duet explores a satisfying range of contemporary pieces.

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Chamber Music Review
December 20, 2016

The renowned oudist and singer shares the stage with his talented sons but can’t shake the limelight.

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Recital Review
December 16, 2016

Eclipsing the nature imagery and hopefulness embedded in some of Mahler’s songs, the fine baritone went down a pessimistic path.

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