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!


Choral Review
May 7, 2011

Joined by the Alexander String Quartet, the San Francisco Choral Artists brings off four new works, with marvelous results.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 7, 2011

As the San Francisco Symphony preps for its European tour, its Mahler is heating up wonderfully.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 7, 2011

Jon Nakamatsu outdoes himself in his splendid engagement of all-Russian works with the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2011

Michael Tilson Thomas and the S.F. Symphony Mahler Machine provide a deeply moving experience in a presentation of the Ninth Symphony, one that audiences can't help but celebrate.

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CD Review
May 5, 2011

Composer Gabriela Lena Frank, a master miniaturist, presents colorful chamber works drawn from her Peruvian heritage.

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Recital Review
May 4, 2011

A special evening of all-American songs sung by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, gave strong indication that something special was afoot, the cycle of 10 songs riveted attention with its deeply evocative beauty and wealth of tonal inventiveness.

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CD Review
May 3, 2011

After all these years, Garrick Ohlsson continues to wow, he's a pianist whose career you can be willing to bet on, a technically superior artist with the hands to create transporting sounds.

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DVD Review
May 3, 2011

Jonas Kaufmann's first complete Cavaradossi in Robert Carsen's fascinating modern update of Puccini's Tosca may find you devouring this DVD.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2011

At the Marin Symphony, Zuill Bailey cannily controls his sound in the Dvořák Cello Concerto; and a Persian-style work by Behzad Ranjbaran gets its first outing.

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Chamber Music Review
May 1, 2011

The stellar trio of Christina Mok, Joanne Lin, and Lori Lack convincingly bring off lyrical as well as stormy works.

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