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
May 10, 2016

A new Jennifer Higdon suite highlights an evening of music inspired by — but not necessarily for — dancing.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2016

Music Director Alan Gilbert’s muscular approach made a tame program exciting and fresh.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2016

In Hunger Strike, composer and vocalist Amy X Neuburg turns our attention to the conditions of solitary confinement.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 3, 2016

The heralded composer’s much-anticipated premiere was just one gem in a dazzling evening of sonic and temporal connections explored by Pablo Heras-Casado and the S.F Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2016

Singing the praises of Mendelssohn’s underrated “Hymn of Praise” symphony in a powerhouse performance by Philharmonia Baroque and an augmented Philharmonia Chorale.

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Opera Review
May 2, 2016

Opera Parallèle delivers an imaginative production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ mysterious opera for three voices.

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Recital Review
April 28, 2016

The violinist's recital featured Bach and a brand-new, Bach-inspired partita.

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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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