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
January 17, 2017

Yves Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony only appears to be off-the-wall experimental. Actually, it’s a modest experiment and a captivating experience

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 17, 2017

Pretty presentation does little to inject drama into an early Mahler cantata

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Chamber Music Review
January 11, 2017

The Rule of Three ruled this show, featuring a varied trio of concertos.

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Modern Classical Review
January 10, 2017

Rare musical treasures from one of the Bay Area’s most influential composers.

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CD Review
December 29, 2016

The pianist’s new CD provides a musical soundtrack to a famous Langston Hughes poem.

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Chamber Music Review
December 20, 2016

The piano and violin duet explores a satisfying range of contemporary pieces.

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Chamber Music Review
December 20, 2016

The renowned oudist and singer shares the stage with his talented sons but can’t shake the limelight.

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Recital Review
December 16, 2016

Eclipsing the nature imagery and hopefulness embedded in some of Mahler’s songs, the fine baritone went down a pessimistic path.

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Chamber Music Review
December 13, 2016

A lovingly curated evening of great music provides just a few snapshots of the composer’s kaleidoscopic career.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 10, 2016

Under Elim Chan’s baton, the symphony and pianist find perfect common ground for uncommon artistry.

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