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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.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 30, 2011

Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José plays all the music that fits, and then some, in its latest outing at Le Petit Trianon.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 10, 2011

Celebrating two decades of adventurous programming and fine playing, the San José Chamber Orchestra under Barbara Day Turner’s direction presents a feast, including three premieres.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 3, 2011

Musicians from Marlboro tours are a chance to catch these artists when they’re mostly still young and little-known. The San Jose Chamber Music Society brought them to Le Petit Trianon in downtown San Jose on Wednesday, for an immensely vivid evening.

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Chamber Music Review
March 30, 2011

The Calder Quartet, with pianist Gloria Cheng, offered a concert that presented contrasts, alternating visions of hell, cryptic smiles, and a program promising doom and gloom ... all of which added up to a positively cathartic experience.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 25, 2011

“Cows, in Berkeley?” No, but Schubert lieder played by the always adventurous New Century Chamber Orchestra.

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Recital Review
March 12, 2011

I’m a curious cat, intrigued by unusual things, so I went to a double-bass recital as part of the Music at the Mission chamber music series. The lesson of the evening’s repertoire was that composers who write solo pieces for the double bass are apt to be slightly eccentric.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 25, 2011

The Vienna Philharmonic began its Berkeley residency Friday with a concert that showed off its versatility. The three composers, all from within Vienna’s cultural orbit, were aesthetically different from each other: high Classicism from Franz Schubert, wallowing Romanticism from Richard Wagner, and violent modernism from Béla Bartók.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 12, 2011

Rhythmic vitality ruled Saturday at the Redwood Symphony concert, led by guest conductor Joyce Johnson-Hamilton, in a program designed to warm the hearts of music lovers who prefer the just slightly unusual.

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Upcoming Concert
February 13, 2011

The celebrated Vienna Philharmonic is coming to Berkeley. David Bratman looks beyond the mystique at what lies at the core of the Philharmonic's style

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Chamber Music Review
January 26, 2011

A concert of small pleasures from the Vertavo Quartet combined a collection of tentative works that came off as quietly riveting. 

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Chamber Music Review
January 23, 2011

The Miró Quartet offered more than a chance to test a theory on "late style" on Sunday in Burlingame, played divergent works with the utmost dedication and coordination, enveloping without overwhelming the intimate space of Kohl Mansion’s hall.

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Chamber Music Review
January 16, 2011

In [email protected]'s latest concert in this year’s winter series, festivals co-director and pianist Wu Han, Alessio Bax, and Anne-Marie McDermott performed fairly indulgent music from the turn of the 20th century, all of it written for two pianos.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 9, 2011

The San José Chamber Orchestra celebrated Johann Sebastian Bach on Sunday and the evening began with a bang.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 2, 2010

In a S.F. Symphony performance of John Adams' El Niño, conducted by the composer, revealed itself to be an oratorio for the turn of the new century in a concert of warm Christmas music that was, rightfully, warmly received.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 19, 2010

The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Symphonic Chorus can reliably be depended on to present an engaging holiday concert. This year’s was particularly interdisciplinary, offering instrumental works that had no explicit connection to the season but that proved to be cheerfully appropriate nonetheless.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 3, 2010

You have probably heard Carl Orff's Carmina Burana before. If you're like me, you've heard it many times. Even so, I have never heard it the way the S.F. Symphony played it on Wednesday.

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Chamber Music Review
October 30, 2010

What music do you expect to hear at a Halloween concert? The Santa Cruz Chamber Players lack the forces necessary for warhorses, so in their concert at Christ Lutheran they were forced to be creative. It made for a festive holiday occasion.

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Chamber Music Review
October 24, 2010

String quartet concerts customarily feature the old masters, or the medium-old masters, and apologetically stick small quantities of modern music in the corners of the program. At Sunday night’s concert at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, though, the opposite plan — feature the contemporary works, and stick the old masters in the corner — was enacted by the Lark Quartet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 16, 2010

Symphony Silicon Valley’s showcase of Hungary came in an exploration in the obscure but worthy corners of the repertoire and a young and dazzling solo performer. Three works by modern Hungarian composers of the same generation, plus three by foreigners evoking the country, were saved from being too much of the same thing by liveliness and a riot of orchestral color.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 3, 2010

Sunday night’s concert by the Shanghai Quartet at Le Petit Trianon in San José opened the 25th season of the San José Chamber Music Society. It also served as the Society’s contribution to Shanghai Celebration 2010, a Bay Area–wide, yearlong festival commemorating San Francisco’s sister-city relationship with the Chinese city.

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