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
April 4, 2017

Both polished performers shone, but not always at the same time.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 4, 2017

Along with soprano Deborah Voigt, Luisi and the DNSO are on the same wavelength, making music passionately.

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Choral Review
April 4, 2017

Meticulous research, programming, and performances elevate a concert of motets for double chorus.

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Choral Review
March 28, 2017

Magen Solomon’s unusually broad program showcases nearly a millennium of music by and about women.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 28, 2017

First chairs take the limelight in a program featuring string soloists.

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Chamber Music Review
March 28, 2017

The peerless ensemble illuminates quartets of Ravel, Berg, and Debussy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 28, 2017

The orchestra pairs the premiere of Holloway’s Europa and the Bull with 20th-century masterpieces.

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Festival Review
March 21, 2017

Bard Music West — an alluring conglomeration of tastes from the life of György Ligeti.

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Chamber Music Review
March 21, 2017

A radiant performance of Pergolesi’s masterwork eclipses the balance of the program.

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Chamber Music Review
March 21, 2017

An inspired collaboration between the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer features Franco-American themes.

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