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!


Dance Review
October 3, 2016

Eloquent choreography and music without borders energize a timeless love tale from Azerbaijan.

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Opera Review
September 30, 2016

The Italian bass-baritone delivers an opera buffa performance for the ages.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 28, 2016

Sprawling over eight hours and four venues, it was impossible to take it all in, but also a heckuva lot of fun to attend.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 27, 2016

Tenor Michael Fabiano shone in the all-important opera highlights, but the full program went much deeper into the sweep of Italian music.

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Opera Review
September 27, 2016

Solid performances highlight a streamlined production that emphasizes contemporary themes in the Weimar-era opera.

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Modern Classical Review
September 26, 2016

In the guise of a wildly imaginative inventor, Schick works magic with his musical contraptions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 20, 2016

The conductor provides a revelatory reading of an iconic masterwork, devoid of the usual drama.

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Chamber Music Review
September 20, 2016

The quartet’s meticulous attention to detail enlivens a program of Mozart and Haydn in an intimate setting.

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Opera Review
September 20, 2016

Superb performances animated this traditional staging of Donizetti’s classic.

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Chamber Music Review
September 19, 2016

With pianist Inon Barnatan, the orchestra was in tip-top form covering Mozart and Philip Glass.

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