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!


CD Review
May 31, 2011

In Washington State, the Icicle Creek Piano Trio makes its repertoire sound natural, but almost too easy.

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Dance Review
May 31, 2011

In a rare Bay Area appearance, the Royal Danish Ballet performs La Sylphide, a template of tragedy in the ballet canon: woman idealized, then destroyed.

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CD Review
May 31, 2011

John Adams is baaaack in his “fun chamber,” with a spirited, quasi-redux chamber symphony that pulsates with joy.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2011

Despite some regrettable directorial and production choices, S.F. Opera’s Siegfried still delivers strong characters that are very well sung, backed by first-class playing from the orchestra pit.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2011

In a stark production strong on violence and collapse, the San Francisco Opera delivers a powerful Siegfried distinguished by a superb Brünnhilde, Mime, and Forest Bird.

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Choral Review
May 28, 2011

An unknown sacred work by Antonio Vivaldi receives its Bay Area debut, voiced by Chora Nova.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 28, 2011

The gorgeous music of legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane enchants an outdoor crowd at Yerba Buena Gardens.

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CD Review
May 24, 2011

Julia Wolfe's latest CD Cruel Sister is yet another example of how spellbinding and consistently engaging the composer is, this time in works fueled by a powerful story.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 22, 2011

The S.F. Symphony did some marvelous multitasking over the weekend. Even as MTT and the orchestra were in Vienna, wowing audiences with Mahler’s music on the first leg of their three-week European tour, the S.F. Symphony Chorus stayed in town to perform a splendid concert.

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Choral Review
May 21, 2011

A performance by the San Francisco Bach Choir of the B-minor Mass doesn't take advantage of a wealth of resources available in the talented group.

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