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
April 19, 2011

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

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Chamber Music Review
April 17, 2011

The Sanford Dole Ensemble previews Easter Week with solemn settings of Creation texts and Jesus’ last words from the cross.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 16, 2011

Gautier Capuçon transports the audience with his poetic playing of a Dutilleux work, inspired by lines from Baudelaire.

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CD Review
April 12, 2011

This European recording of Grofé's original jazz arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue is a raucous romp that thrives on improvisation. It also continually contrasts seemingly unstoppable propulsion with subtle, laid back lingering.

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Recital Review
April 10, 2011

Living up to her sterling reputation at the keyboard, Dubravka Tomšič plays Chopin and Beethoven with her characteristic control, clarity of sound, and dexterity.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 10, 2011

The always-enlightened Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with three superb soloists and a fine Chorus, brings out the marvels of Haydn’s Creation.

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Recital Review
April 10, 2011

Daveda Karanas set her sights very high. In her Schwabacher Debut recital, she skimmed the surface of songs that are a litmus test of a singer’s ability to infuse lyrical grandeur with intimacy and depth.

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Chamber Music Review
April 10, 2011

Sergio and Odair Assad have moved audiences and inspired guitarists around the world for over 30 years. Sunday, their program was musically thrilling, emotionally satisfying and, at least implicitly, a politically challenging and sympathetic view of immigration.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 10, 2011

Celebrating two decades of adventurous programming and fine playing, the San José Chamber Orchestra under Barbara Day Turner’s direction presents a feast, including three premieres.

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Dance Review
April 9, 2011

Everything is not “beautiful at the ballet.” A haunting 1911 classic and five startling modern treats animate S.F. Ballet’s current programs.

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