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
December 20, 2016

The piano and violin duet explores a satisfying range of contemporary pieces.

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Chamber Music Review
December 20, 2016

The renowned oudist and singer shares the stage with his talented sons but can’t shake the limelight.

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Recital Review
December 16, 2016

Eclipsing the nature imagery and hopefulness embedded in some of Mahler’s songs, the fine baritone went down a pessimistic path.

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Chamber Music Review
December 13, 2016

A lovingly curated evening of great music provides just a few snapshots of the composer’s kaleidoscopic career.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 10, 2016

Under Elim Chan’s baton, the symphony and pianist find perfect common ground for uncommon artistry.

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Chamber Music Review
December 8, 2016

The soprano and percussionist add spice to the mix as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s newest members.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 6, 2016

After a promising opening, the orchestra fizzles on Dvořák.

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Chamber Music Review
December 6, 2016

A new multimedia quartet highlights a striking program of Kronos-commissioned works.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
December 6, 2016

Orchestra, chorus, and soloists coalesce under McGegan’s baton to bring down the walls in Palo Alto.

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Opera Review
December 5, 2016

Fresh selections and stunning performances set a new benchmark for the renowned residency program.

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