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
May 3, 2011

At the Marin Symphony, Zuill Bailey cannily controls his sound in the Dvořák Cello Concerto; and a Persian-style work by Behzad Ranjbaran gets its first outing.

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CD Review
May 3, 2011

After all these years, Garrick Ohlsson continues to wow, he's a pianist whose career you can be willing to bet on, a technically superior artist with the hands to create transporting sounds.

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Choral Review
May 1, 2011

Brahms’ rich choral works rise again, in a fine program by Paul Flight’s California Bach Society; a little Fauré follows, across the street, sung by the UC Alumni Chorus.

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Recital Review
May 1, 2011

Works for three celebrated Baroque tenors are showcased by the superb Ian Bostridge, with Les Violons du Roy.

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Chamber Music Review
May 1, 2011

The stellar trio of Christina Mok, Joanne Lin, and Lori Lack convincingly bring off lyrical as well as stormy works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 30, 2011

Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José plays all the music that fits, and then some, in its latest outing at Le Petit Trianon.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 28, 2011

As any chef will tell you, the best recipes are simple ones. Here’s a Bay Area recipe that seems to work every time: Bring forth the San Francisco Symphony and engage Peter Oundjian as guest conductor. Mix and serve.

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CD Review
April 26, 2011

Smaller-scale oratorios that Bach repurposed are sung vibrantly by the Retrospect Ensemble, and wonderfully recorded.

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CD Review
April 26, 2011

Ranging from good to great, despite some odd tempos along the way, two brilliant singers render arias by Verdi, Mozart, Dvořák, and Puccini.

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CD Review
April 19, 2011

Pianist Krystian Zimerman honors a great, if rarely heard, Polish composer whose music has overcome Stalinist oppression.

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