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!


Recital Review
April 10, 2011

Living up to her sterling reputation at the keyboard, Dubravka Tomšič plays Chopin and Beethoven with her characteristic control, clarity of sound, and dexterity.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 10, 2011

The always-enlightened Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with three superb soloists and a fine Chorus, brings out the marvels of Haydn’s Creation.

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Recital Review
April 10, 2011

Daveda Karanas set her sights very high. In her Schwabacher Debut recital, she skimmed the surface of songs that are a litmus test of a singer’s ability to infuse lyrical grandeur with intimacy and depth.

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Chamber Music Review
April 10, 2011

Sergio and Odair Assad have moved audiences and inspired guitarists around the world for over 30 years. Sunday, their program was musically thrilling, emotionally satisfying and, at least implicitly, a politically challenging and sympathetic view of immigration.

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Dance Review
April 9, 2011

Everything is not “beautiful at the ballet.” A haunting 1911 classic and five startling modern treats animate S.F. Ballet’s current programs.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 8, 2011

Osmo Vänskä leads the S.F. Symphony in an intense, doom-laden premiere by Thomas Larcher, aptly paired with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ evocative A London Symphony.

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CD Review
April 5, 2011

The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili takes listeners on a mesmerizing tour of the Soviet and post-Soviet musical landscape, with seraphic stops and sights along the way.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 4, 2011

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players celebrated its 40th anniversary in style this past Monday at the Herbst Theatre, bringing together hundreds of adoring friends to hear a wide range of music, all done very well.

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Modern Classical Review
April 3, 2011

The musical and theatrical foods of love are both being well-served by the African-American Shakespeare Company’s resetting of Twelfth Night, continuing through this month.

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Recital Review
April 3, 2011

Soprano Jessica Rivera brings vividly to life a new work by Mark Grey, commemorating 9/11, that deals with peace, purification, and transcendence.

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