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!


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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 2, 2016

: No more excuses if you haven’t heard the work of this brilliant Portuguese pianist.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
March 1, 2016

The often-ignored repertory of 17th-century oratorios, was given a vigorous, musically satisfying revival in California Bach Society’s latest concert set.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 29, 2016

Harpsichordist Derek Tam joined the group in three pieces all composed in 2016.

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