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 Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 27, 2016

Simon Rattle lifts the renowned orchestra to the musical stratosphere on the last stop of their tour.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 22, 2016

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tomkins shines in a new Siegfried Matthus concerto.

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Modern Classical Review
November 15, 2016

With help from The Living Earth Show, the composer delivers an eerie, waterborne work inspired by Moby Dick.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

Conrad Tao isn’t an ordinary 22-year-old piano prodigy. He provided some surprises at the Peninsula Symphony’s season opener.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The Korean winner of the Chopin Competition transcends high expectations in his collaboration with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The pianist’s lightning-fast concerto was just one highlight in a solid program from the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 2, 2016

A dazzling composition inspired by video-game conventions is the highlight of a perfect Halloween program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 1, 2016

Michael Tilson Thomas’ program traces the connection between the Renaissance and the Romantic by way of Mozart.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 25, 2016

Guest artists Edvard Tshivzhel and Nikolai Demidenko help translate works from their compatriots.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 18, 2016

The fortepianist’s improvisations, and the orchestra’s less muscular approach resulted in a Beethoven quite different from the mighty thunderer of legend.

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