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!


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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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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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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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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 20, 2011

The Club Foot Orchestra seamlessly meshes music with film in a presentation of Fritz Lang's legendary silent movie Metropolis under a starry sky in Saratoga.

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Opera Review
May 20, 2011

What do Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (premiere 1689) and Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve (premiere 1913) have in common? West Bay Opera does not hesitate to mate such strange, albeit intimate operatic bedfellows.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 19, 2011

The NCCO's premiere of featured composer Mark O'Connor's Elevations wasn't the concert highlight — the orchestra's rare ensemble unity made everything sound great.

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