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!


Early Music/Baroque Review
October 11, 2016

Standout vocal performances and attention to musical details do full justice to Bach’s spiritual masterwork.

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Modern Classical Review
October 4, 2016

A 12-hour event, “Noon to Midnight,” showcases the city’s new music scene.

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Recital Review
October 4, 2016

You may not recognize the name, but this is a special performer.

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Recital Review
October 4, 2016

In a marathon program, five performers find distinctly different musical expression in the composer’s piano studies.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 3, 2016

Soloists Yuja Wang and Mark Inouye dazzle in a preview of the program slated for the S.F. Symphony’s upcoming tour.

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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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