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!


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 3, 2011

The Brava Theater, nestled deep within the Mission District, hosted Sunday’s colorful Switchboard Music Festival, and based on the character of the theater alone it was the perfect venue.

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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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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 2, 2011

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

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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

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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