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!


Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Two commissions honor Marin Alsop, the festivals founder and guiding light.

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Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Recent works by Christopher Rouse and James MacMillan highlight the 2016 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s opening concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 27, 2016

Pianist Yefim Bronfman is outstanding in the S.F. Symphony premiere of a new piece bustling with musical ideas and technical challenges.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 7, 2016

The Parisian-inflected program featured works by Saint-Saëns, Franck, and da Falla.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 27, 2016

The semistaged production cleverly transcends limits and delivers an exuberant reading of Bernstein’s score.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 25, 2016

The popular mezzo-soprano justifies her adulation in a standout performance of an eerie Berlioz cantata.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 24, 2016

A John Adams piece featuring electric violin is at the heart of a program exploring the contemplative side of 20th-century music.

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Modern Classical Review
May 17, 2016

A great American composer shows his variety in a well-balanced, entertaining performance at chamber/text, the free concert series.

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Modern Classical Review
May 13, 2016

Pianist Taka Kigawa brought energy and immediacy to Ligeti’s pianistic Everest.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 10, 2016

A concerto penned under the auspices of the symphony’s Young American Composer-in-Residence program gets the spotlight in a beautifully balanced program.

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