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 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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 3, 2011

Musicians from Marlboro tours are a chance to catch these artists when they’re mostly still young and little-known. The San Jose Chamber Music Society brought them to Le Petit Trianon in downtown San Jose on Wednesday, for an immensely vivid evening.

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Dance Review
April 3, 2011

Paul Taylor’s choreographies still stir, provoke, inspire, even in his company’s 56th year.

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Chamber Music Review
April 2, 2011

The American Bach Soloists gave a perfectly timed concert of comic works in Berkeley, winning hearts.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2011

Technical bravura and emotional depth marked the recital of Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla, who consistently delighted his large audience.

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Chamber Music Review
April 1, 2011

Provocative as usual, the Del Sol Quartet jumps cultures, continents, and even musical temperaments in its brilliant recital.

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Chamber Music Review
March 30, 2011

The Calder Quartet, with pianist Gloria Cheng, offered a concert that presented contrasts, alternating visions of hell, cryptic smiles, and a program promising doom and gloom ... all of which added up to a positively cathartic experience.

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CD Review
March 29, 2011

Stunning performances of 13th-century English music are Trio Mediaeval’s latest offering, music so perfectly blended that it almost hurts.

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CD Review
March 29, 2011

The human voice reaches its apogee with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson’s recording of Berlioz and Haydn, accompanied by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

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Chamber Music Review
March 28, 2011

Earplay’s second concert of the season, given Monday at Herbst Theatre, included four highly individual pieces in the first half. The program ended with Elliott Carter’s amply proportioned Triple Duo from 1983, a virtuosic workout for all of its six players, ably led in this performance by the ensemble’s resident conductor, Mary Chun.

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