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!


Opera Review
February 16, 2016

Opera San Jose’s Carmen, which opened on Feb. 13, works well for the opera neophyte.

More »
Opera Review
February 12, 2016

Less musically brilliant than the Rossini favorite, Giovanni Paisiello's Barber of Seville still provided plenty of sparkle and musical comedy.

More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 9, 2016

With conductor Tito Muñoz pinch-hitting for Joana Carneiro, the orchestra welcomed an exciting soloist in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.

More »
Festival Review
February 8, 2016

The premiere of one of the first Fifty for the Future Commissions highlighted the final night of the Kronos Quartet’s second annual festival.

More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2016

The orchestra welcomed fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as soloist in an all-Mozart program.

More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2016

Daniel Hope joined the orchestra as guest concertmaster and principal soloist in a tribute to his mentor.

More »
Festival Review
February 8, 2016

Mariana Sadovska joined Kronos in a riveting performance of her Chernobyl.The Harvest, new music that, at last, took some risks.

More »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 5, 2016

Messiaen asks the orchestra to move us toward the infinite in Des Canyons aux étoiles.

More »
Modern Classical Review
February 5, 2016

The composer’s early piano sonata and an Andrew Imbrie’s Earplay Fantasy dominated the proceedings.

More »
Early Music/Baroque Review
February 3, 2016

The greats and not-so-greats of 17th-century Vienna get a hearing thanks to the Quicksilver ensemble.

More »

Pages