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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 Music Review
February 2, 2014

Trio Cavatina and Samuel Rhodes combined as a quartet for fine music-making at Music at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame.

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Chamber Music Review
January 25, 2014

In a double program the Takács Quartet took on all six string quartets by Béla Bartók, a canon in modern music that couldn't be more intimidating, gnarly, and downright difficult.

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Chamber Music Review
January 18, 2014

The presentation of a cycle of all 10 of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano is a rare enough treat; on period instruments an even a rarer one.

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Chamber Music Review
January 15, 2014

For a 40th-anniversary concert the players of the Kronos Quartet took the opportunity to look back at some of the contemporary trends the group has fostered over the years.

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Chamber Music Review
January 12, 2014

The estimable St. Lawrence Quartet gives a fine send-off to a departing violinist, playing an intriguing all-Czech program.

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Choral Review
December 14, 2013

Raising bright seasonal sounds, S.F. Choral Artists team with The Whole Noyse for a superb concert of Renaissance-era Italian music plus two premieres.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 7, 2013

With a solo violinist sometimes off in her own world, Symphony Silicon Valley brings quality playing to its program of Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart.

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Chamber Music Review
November 17, 2013

The Danish String Quartet, despite a dark and foreboding program, creates a mood of holy light with its brilliant performance.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 2, 2013

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, under its venerable yet still commanding Principal Conductor Neeme Järvi, played at a full strength of about 70 musicians at Bing Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 26, 2013

Former S.F. Symphony principal David Herbert plays the devil out of a battery of kettledrums, backed by the impressive Symphony Silicon Valley.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 25, 2013

After some distressing news for the organization, the show goes on at the Peninsula Symphony, in a joint concert with the Masterworks Chorale, directed by Bryan Baker.

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Recital Review
October 20, 2013

Prominent pianist Jon Nakamatsu brings home to the South Bay his expressive takes on Schumann, Schubert, and Chopin.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 6, 2013

The San José Chamber Orchestra lured a near-capacity audience to Le Petit Trianon for a season-opening concert of daring lesser-known works to great success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 28, 2013

In San José, Symphony Silicon Valley opens its new season with just plain good music, well played.

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Festival Review
August 11, 2013

The final program in this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music seemed designed to prove that modernism is not only alive and well, it’s kicking and bawling lustily. 

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Festival Review
August 6, 2013

A rarely heard The Art of the Fugue in its entirety at [email protected] offered a delightful, exciting, artistically moving, and enlightening performance.

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Festival Review
August 4, 2013

Kronos Quartet chugs along with a number of inviting new works at the Cabrillo Festival.

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Festival Review
August 3, 2013

The title of a [email protected] program, “French Connections,” raises the question: May Bach be held a father of French music as he is of trios and of preludes and fugues?

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Festival Review
July 27, 2013

The Danish String Quartet, Tallis Quartet, Koret Young Performers and Gilles Vonsattel all shine in [email protected]’s Sunday serving.

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Festival Review
July 23, 2013

Having spent a Bach-oriented day at the Carmel Bach Festival on Monday, I stayed over on Tuesday for a day with music almost entirely French.

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