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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
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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Festival Review
July 22, 2013

The first day of the Carmel Bach Festival offers plenty of attractions, including an insightful master class, imitation-gut strings, and chats with some of the performers.

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Festival Review
June 18, 2013

Music of genius and imagination illuminates the second Silicon Valley Music Festival program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 29, 2013

Guest conductor Juraj Valčuha led the San Francisco Symphony burnished performances, with several standout solo performances serving as highlights.

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CD Review
May 31, 2013

This satisfying recording of Beethoven's Ninth is a masterwork of music, and a pleasing memento of what today’s San Francisco Symphony sounds like in concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas began a two-week “Beethoven Project” with his S.F. Symphony, appropriately enough, with a concert of early Beethoven.

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News Report
April 28, 2013

San José’s best venue for chamber music is continuing through a financial restructuring. But as the time to announce next year’s season arrives, some presenters are unsure of its availability and are making other plans.

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Chamber Music Review
April 19, 2013

The Cypress String Quartet “Call and Response” has come full circle, commissioning new works for long enough that is has come around to composer Jennifer Higdon for the second time.

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