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!


Early Music/Baroque Review
April 26, 2016

Despite the large forces arrayed for the Easter and Ascension Oratorios, Jeffrey Thomas and his musicians achieve chamber music-like clarity and unforced communication.

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Modern Classical Review
April 26, 2016

The new-music ensemble takes the audience on a sonic trip with Fausto Romitelli’s eerie video opera at the Freight and Salvage.

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Chamber Music Review
April 18, 2016

The violinist and the video artist team up for a Bach-plus-video performance that was intriguingly different from other classical-plus-video projects.

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Opera Review
April 18, 2016

New Opera NYC’s Julia Lima and Viktor Antipenko are thrilling in Tchaikovsky one-act opera.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 13, 2016

The orchestra’s intimate connection with the works of Mahler continues to inspire.

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Choral Review
April 13, 2016

The early music ensemble delivers an earthy, thrilling program exploring the relationship of the sensual and the spiritual in Renaissance vocal music.

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Recital Review
April 11, 2016

The soprano is a force to be reckoned with in art song, a communicative and soulful singer.

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Dance Review
April 11, 2016

Justin Peck's dazzling choreography, and Sufjan Stevens' now-classic score The BQE provide a winning hand In the Countenance of Kings.

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Opera Review
April 11, 2016

A young, period performance company wraps up Handel’s Orlando furioso trilogy.

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Chamber Music Review
April 7, 2016

The virtuosic duo succeed with their custom blend of “esoteric acoustic guitar art songs.”

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