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
February 2, 2016

The Ives Quartet has morphed into the Ives Collective, which began 2016 with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

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Modern Classical Review
February 1, 2016

The singer-songwriter/composer joined string quartet Brooklyn Rider for a different kind of Schubertiade.

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Dance Review
February 1, 2016

Liam Scarlett’s latest ballet goes exuberantly “street,” and Mark Morris’ “Drink to Me Only ...” makes a welcome return.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 30, 2016

Conductor Edwin Outwater and pianist Stephen Hough teamed up for Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 5, and the orchestra leapt through several other Eastern-themed pieces.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 27, 2016

American Bach Soloists revisited two of the three Bach Cantatas from their inaugural concert for the opening of their 27th season.

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Recital Review
January 26, 2016

Yefim Bronfman begins a survey of the composer’s career-spanning piano sonatas.

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Dance Review
January 26, 2016

William Forsythe’s 1999 ballet, Pas/Parts, gets a makeover for its North American premiere.

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Opera Review
January 26, 2016

The young company makes the most of its strong cast in a compact, economical staging.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 25, 2016

Popular guest performers, conductor Tatsuya Shimono and soloist Ju-Young Baek, returned for a concert at San Jose’s California Theatre.

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Modern Classical Review
January 22, 2016

The three pieces that made up San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ Jan. 19 concert played with sound as a physical presence in the environment of the concert hall.

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