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
January 17, 2017

Yves Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony only appears to be off-the-wall experimental. Actually, it’s a modest experiment and a captivating experience

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 17, 2017

Pretty presentation does little to inject drama into an early Mahler cantata

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Modern Classical Review
January 10, 2017

Rare musical treasures from one of the Bay Area’s most influential composers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 10, 2016

Under Elim Chan’s baton, the symphony and pianist find perfect common ground for uncommon artistry.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 6, 2016

After a promising opening, the orchestra fizzles on Dvořák.

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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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