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David Bratman

David Bratman is a librarian who lives with his lawfully wedded soprano and a wall full of symphony recordings.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 1, 2012

The small but powerful S.F. Chamber Orchestra brings the virtues of midperiod Beethoven to top of mind.

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Upcoming Concert
December 7, 2011

Most string quintets, other than Schubert's, don't get played often. The San Francisco Symphony Chamber Musicians have the personnel to do it.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 23, 2011

Schoenberg does Brahms, reimagining and revoicing a delightful piano quartet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 11, 2011

The S.F. Symphony delivers an excellent program displaying Schubert’s varied moods and idioms.

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Upcoming Concert
November 10, 2011

The Redwood Symphony offers Lorin Maazel's "symphonic synthesis" of the whole Ring cycle: It's like an hour-long Richard Strauss tone poem, except it's by Wagner.

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Recital Review
November 6, 2011

Shaham and his Strad and J.S. Bach: a canny combination of brilliance and satisfying music-making.

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Chamber Music Review
October 23, 2011

Alongside Haydn and Schubert, the St. Lawrence Quartet comes up against a Golijov work that’s intriguing but unfinished.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 19, 2011

The Sphinx Virtuosi opened the Stanford Lively Arts' season in a concert that was an exercise in overcoming cultural stereotypes by an orchestra of complete professionalism, winning personality, and a commitment to understanding works by old masters.

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Upcoming Concert
October 17, 2011

The South Bay's major premiere of the season is a new work by the leading Argentinian-born composer Osvaldo Golijov, performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the Stanford Lively Arts series.

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Upcoming Concert
October 17, 2011

The Cypress String Quartet is bringing in renowned cellist Gary Hoffman to help them play Schubert's masterpiece, the String Quintet in C Major.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 29, 2011

Symphony Silicon Valley launches its season on a bright note, with a Cuban-inspired work by David Amram and an outer-space adventure.

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Modern Classical Review
September 17, 2011

Is it the performer or the audience who “makes” music? Fluxus wants listeners to think about it.

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Feature Article
August 22, 2011

Though there are fewer big presenters in the South Bay, you don't have to trek north to find great artists playing seriously entertaining music. Here are a few best bets in the San Jose-Palo Alto area.

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Festival Review
August 10, 2011

A last-minute substitution at Menlo and a change of programming fares for the better with late works by Brahms and Chopin played by pianist (and replacement) Jeffrey Kahane and the members of the Emerson Quartet.

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Festival Review
August 6, 2011

An atmospheric symphonic poem, a tribute to tango master Astor Piazzolla, and a movie-music-style piano concerto mark a Cabrillo mixed bill.

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Festival Review
July 30, 2011

A passionate, Romantic Brahms sextet headlines a [email protected] program that also features Vivaldi, Bach, and a rarely heard Clara Schumann work.

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Festival Review
July 24, 2011

With considerable creativity and stamina, pianist Alessio Bax plays a demanding program of Brahms, Enescu, and Bartók.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 4, 2011

The eyes have it (the ears, too) in Symphony Silicon Valley’s attention-getting concert.

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Chamber Music Review
May 14, 2011

An ingenious technical kinetic/musical work strives for profundity, but lacks the “wow” factor listeners might have expected.

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Chamber Music Review
May 8, 2011

Four players, or three: Every work came up a winner in this [email protected] recital, capping off its season.

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