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!


Opera Review
August 2, 2016

West Edge Opera’s production of Leoš Janáček’s masterpiece was much stronger musically than dramatically.

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Opera Review
August 1, 2016

Thomas Adès’ early masterpiece has lost none of its shock value, but there is serious musical and dramatic entertainment, exploited to the full by West Edge Opera.

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Festival Review
August 1, 2016

Under the big tent, listeners found Beethoven and Bach rubbing shoulders with jazz, Balkan a capella vocals, and Louisiana folk group Beausoleil.

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Opera Review
July 26, 2016

Anne Sexton’s dark, wordy libretto is buoyed by strong performances and Conrad Susa’s score.

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Opera Review
July 19, 2016

Stripped down to essentials, this was a visceral, exciting production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea.

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Chamber Music Review
June 27, 2016

A collaborative song cycle explores the intersection of photography and music.

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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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Festival Review
June 23, 2016

Artists honk, squeal, and roar into new musical territory at the fearless festival.

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