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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
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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 2, 2012

Symphony Silicon Valley is in fine fettle under guest conductor William Boughton, with Ning An as the fine piano soloist.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 10, 2012

A robust celebration of San Francisco's early musical days is, to use an old phrase, a hoot and a half.

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Feature Article
April 21, 2012

A Stanford conference on classical music’s recorded legacy suggests possibilities for the future.

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CD Review
April 6, 2012

In a sort of meditation on the state of the symphony, Nielsen provides a gem in music.

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CD Review
March 26, 2012

Colorful stage works by a lesser-known French composer of the ’20s and ’30s are well worth a listen.

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Chamber Music Review
March 16, 2012

Katarzyna Myćka marimba joins sonorous strings in a program of unusual quintets.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 17, 2012

Its former music director leads the S.F. Symphony in a novel overture, a grand organ symphony, and a little-known Rachmaninov concerto.

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CD Review
February 3, 2012

The strong-fingered, highly rhythmic, and coolly emotional pianist Joyce Yang chooses a crafty program for her debut disc.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 28, 2012

The Royal Philharmonic and pianist Thibaudet prove that the Hungarian half of its program can stand respectably next to the traditionally weighty Brahms German half.

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CD Review
January 20, 2012

There’s something for everyone in the music on a new two-CD set that explores a hidden (and openly honest) side of Shostakovich: his movie scoring.

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