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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
July 23, 2014

Zemlinsky's time came when the Escher Quartet played all four of his canonical string quartets for one of [email protected]’s Carte Blanche concerts.

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Festival Review
June 27, 2014

The Silicon Valley Music Festival, now in its third season, has acquired some desirable accoutrements: an attractive program book and a set of venues concentrated in downtown San Jose.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 7, 2014

Symphony Silicon Valley wraps up its season with a tasty meat-and-potatoes program, including a Weber bassoon concerto side dish.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 16, 2014

The Symphony Silicon Valley offers a Brahms inspired concert with guest conductor Karen Kamensek and guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu.

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Chamber Music Review
April 25, 2014

The Ives Quartet performs a program that would have drawn a spectrum of reactions from the namesake composer.

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Feature Article
April 7, 2014

We may not know much about how Bach or Mozart expected to hear their music, but we have a great deal of information about later 19th-century composers, thanks to early recordings.

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Chamber Music Review
April 5, 2014

German’s Auryn Quartet (now in its fourth decade of prominence) plays Beethoven to a fare-thee-well in San José.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 30, 2014

As old as its town, the Fremont Symphony continues to surprise and delight, this time harking back to its roots and then displaying youthful local talent.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 22, 2014

A superbly vital performance of Carmina Burana is the centerpiece of a rousing concert by Symphony Silicon Valley and several choruses.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 9, 2014

The superb Vienna Philharmonic, with substitute conductor Andris Nelsons, outdoes itself with Mozart, Bruckner and Josef Strauss, even in the acoustically deficient Zellerbach Hall.

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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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