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 Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2016

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

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2016

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

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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.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 5, 2016

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

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Modern Classical Review
February 5, 2016

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

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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.

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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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