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
March 15, 2016

As he’s been doing his whole career, conductor Charles Dutoit brought clarity and detail to early 20th-century masterpieces.

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Recital Review
March 15, 2016

William Kentridge’s animated art was paired with Matthias Goerne’s supremely lyrical presentation of Schubert’s last song cycle.

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Dance Review
March 14, 2016

A true story of a 19-year-old resisting the Nazis is the latest, powerful addition to Bill T. Jones’ dances exploring racism and social injustice.

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Recital Review
March 14, 2016

The guitarist delivered masterful renderings of J.S. Bach's Chaconne and a selection of Latin favorites.

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Chamber Music Review
March 12, 2016

The ensemble will be missed for their sensible interpretations and fine ensemble playing.

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Recital Review
March 10, 2016

In her San Francisco debut, Vicky Chow showcased works that confronted difficult issues of technology and politics.

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Recital Review
March 9, 2016

The extraordinary music Monk creates, largely with her own voice, still has the power to amaze, as a recital drawn from her long career showed.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 9, 2016

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields fielded a great soloist on Sunday, but missed a conductor’s attention.

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Recital Review
March 8, 2016

Composer Catherine Lamb creates a composition/soundscape that is both suggestive and familiar.

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Chamber Music Review
March 8, 2016

The lights were more than dimmed at S.F. Performances’ inaugural PIVOT program at the Strand Theater. They were turned off, and they stayed off for the concert’s duration.

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