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
March 27, 2011

The Tallis Scholars give splendid, well-blended performances of music from the Spanish Renaissance.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 27, 2011

In a picture perfect performance led by Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic offered a new best and a conductor who continually showcases the musicians.

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Opera Review
March 26, 2011

Castleton Festival Opera’s productions of Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia featured some less than stellar vocal performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 25, 2011

“Cows, in Berkeley?” No, but Schubert lieder played by the always adventurous New Century Chamber Orchestra.

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CD Review
March 22, 2011

More Brahms is always a good thing, as proven on an impressive new recording by cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt.

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DVD Review
March 22, 2011

In tribute to tenor Plácido Domingo in his 70th birthday year, both EMI and Sony have released DVDs of his first foray into the baritone repertoire, the lead in Verdi’s opera Simon Boccanegra.

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CD Review
March 22, 2011

In Yuja Wang's first orchestral recording the pianist enthralls, ravishes, and demonstrates a kind of magic in what the pianist describes as “red-hot" reportoire.

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Choral Review
March 19, 2011

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra elegantly paired searing orchestral music with well-etched singing in its performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

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Dance Review
March 19, 2011

The classic story ballet Coppélia comes home to the San Francisco Ballet, in a radiantly danced new production.

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Choral Review
March 19, 2011

Cantare Chorale met the massive challenges Beethoven posed in his shattering Missa Solemnis, with the chorus and soloists ranging from inspiring to sublime.

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