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 Music Review
October 18, 2016

Pianist Jonathan Biss curates an evening of late period Beethoven at San Francisco Performances.

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Opera Review
October 18, 2016

The ambitious company’s production had lively acting and singing, but a few misfires in the orchestra pit.

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Opera Review
October 18, 2016

Pitch-perfect performances and stark, elegant staging deliver an emotional wallop in this must-see production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 18, 2016

The evening’s promise of “Romance” was delivered in small, surprising moments.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 12, 2016

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen brought Romantic expressivity to a pair of neoclassical masterpieces.

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Chamber Music Review
October 11, 2016

Eight different composers, four musicians, 2,000 pictures of America, one enthralling experience.

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Recital Review
October 11, 2016

The Iranian-American virtuoso transcended expectations in a challenging program that ranged from the traditional to the cutting edge.

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Chamber Music Review
October 11, 2016

Unusual instrumental techniques highlight gorgeous soundscapes in a varied program of new music.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
October 11, 2016

Standout vocal performances and attention to musical details do full justice to Bach’s spiritual masterwork.

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Modern Classical Review
October 4, 2016

A 12-hour event, “Noon to Midnight,” showcases the city’s new music scene.

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