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
March 22, 2011

In Yuja Wang's first orchestral recording the pianist enthralls, ravishes, and demonstrates a kind of magic in what the pianist describes as “red-hot" reportoire.

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CD Review
March 22, 2011

More Brahms is always a good thing, as proven on an impressive new recording by cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt.

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Choral Review
March 19, 2011

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra elegantly paired searing orchestral music with well-etched singing in its performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

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Dance Review
March 19, 2011

The classic story ballet Coppélia comes home to the San Francisco Ballet, in a radiantly danced new production.

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Choral Review
March 19, 2011

Cantare Chorale met the massive challenges Beethoven posed in his shattering Missa Solemnis, with the chorus and soloists ranging from inspiring to sublime.

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Choral Review
March 19, 2011

Motets and songs of longing or loss made up Chora Nova’s fine Saturday program of moving works by Felix Mendelssohn and Josef Rheinberger, under Paul Flight’s direction.

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Recital Review
March 18, 2011

The young Chinese pianist Di Wu makes a thrilling local debut, with fireworks aplenty, evoking memories of Martha Argerich.

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Choral Review
March 16, 2011

This week, Ragnar Bohlin and the S.F. Symphony Chorus met their ultimate challenge, performing Bach's B minor Mass, a towering landmark of all music. The result is a delightful surprise; an intimate, gentle, lyrical performance of this majestic expression of yearning for peace and the good of all humanity.

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CD Review
March 15, 2011

A new CD release of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, is an often lovely, often puzzling performance — sometimes innocently affectionate, sometimes seeming to be making historical points in a way that aren't necessarily beneficial.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 13, 2011

In the Marin Symphony’s lively pops-cum-masterworks concert Sunday, Bay Area composer Nathaniel Stookey ran away with the show.

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