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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 Music Review
December 7, 2012

The Del Sol Quartet, local purveyor of contemporary music, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a small festival at Z Space, where tangy precision was much on display.

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Upcoming Concert
December 3, 2012

The adventurous nine-member choral ensemble Cantus, along with Theatre Latté Da, will perform works from its recording All Is Calm, a selection of songs, poetry, letters, and journal excerpts relating to the extraordinary World War I “Christmas Truce.”

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Upcoming Concert
December 3, 2012

If there’s a Great American Symphony, it’s Roy Harris’ rugged Third from 1938, a fitting companion for “Decoration Day” from Charles Ives’ Holiday's Symphony also on the program from an intrepid amateur community ensemble, the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 1, 2012

Heavy holiday fare takes some time to digest, as served up by Symphony Silicon Valley, with soloist Peter Serkin.

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Upcoming Concert
November 28, 2012

This combination ought to make people sit up and take notice: conductor George Cleve and pianist Peter Serkin performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. 

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Upcoming Concert
November 13, 2012

Always a seasonal highlight, the annual joint holiday concert of the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and the Peninsula Symphony, will this year feature a typically vivid pairing.

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Chamber Music Review
November 5, 2012

The Calder Quartet filled in at the San Jose Chamber Music Society in a program of fairly severe pieces that push, in one way or another, at the edge of the quartet idiom practice of their time.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 1, 2012

A program that the S.F. Symphony will play on an upcoming tour featuring Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 will show the Asian audiences what our orchestra and its music director are really made of.

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Chamber Music Review
October 21, 2012

From the U.K., the Carducci String Quartet play Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Debussy in a captivating, clean, clear style.

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Recital Review
October 14, 2012

Whether taking listeners on a pilgrimage or in a funeral march, pianist Cecile Licad plays to the heart of Liszt and Chopin.

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Chamber Music Review
October 7, 2012

The always-intriguing Ives Quartet plays a quirky Cowell work, an emotionally gritty Smetana, and an ethereal Haydn.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 4, 2012

Performance, conducting, and solos impress at the San Francisco Symphony in a program that was intricate, complex, and pulled-off with elegance.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 30, 2012

The California Symphony tests another guest conductor, Robert Moody, who makes the music flow with a sense of purpose.

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Upcoming Concert
October 1, 2012

On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, the Alexander String Quartet continues its residence at Mondavi with a performance of Schubert’s String Quartet in C Minor, D. 703, “Quartettsatz”; and his String Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde.”

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Upcoming Concert
October 1, 2012

The Ives Quartet is a locally based ensemble with a tough-grained and determined style.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 29, 2012

Symphony Silicon Valley capitalizes on its popular appeal with a fine mixed program, with one Rossini ringer.

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Season Preview
September 11, 2012

The Mondavi Center has its usual wide-angle season planned, while the Symphony Silicon Valley is focusing on classics with high-profile soloists. Here are the most exciting concert prospects from San Jose to Sacramento.

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Festival Review
August 11, 2012

Brilliant playing enlivens [email protected]’s final program, in a mix of surprising instrumental combinations, coupled with formidable playing by young performers.

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Festival Review
July 29, 2012

Expressionism and musical storytelling comes to [email protected], via pungent works by Respighi, Herrmann, Caplet, and Stravinsky.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 14, 2012

Yuja Wang tore through Rachmaninov's monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 in her most exciting and unbelievable S.F. performance yet.

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