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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 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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 1, 2012

The small but powerful S.F. Chamber Orchestra brings the virtues of midperiod Beethoven to top of mind.

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Upcoming Concert
December 7, 2011

Most string quintets, other than Schubert's, don't get played often. The San Francisco Symphony Chamber Musicians have the personnel to do it.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 23, 2011

Schoenberg does Brahms, reimagining and revoicing a delightful piano quartet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 11, 2011

The S.F. Symphony delivers an excellent program displaying Schubert’s varied moods and idioms.

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Upcoming Concert
November 10, 2011

The Redwood Symphony offers Lorin Maazel's "symphonic synthesis" of the whole Ring cycle: It's like an hour-long Richard Strauss tone poem, except it's by Wagner.

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Recital Review
November 6, 2011

Shaham and his Strad and J.S. Bach: a canny combination of brilliance and satisfying music-making.

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Chamber Music Review
October 23, 2011

Alongside Haydn and Schubert, the St. Lawrence Quartet comes up against a Golijov work that’s intriguing but unfinished.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 19, 2011

The Sphinx Virtuosi opened the Stanford Lively Arts' season in a concert that was an exercise in overcoming cultural stereotypes by an orchestra of complete professionalism, winning personality, and a commitment to understanding works by old masters.

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Upcoming Concert
October 17, 2011

The South Bay's major premiere of the season is a new work by the leading Argentinian-born composer Osvaldo Golijov, performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the Stanford Lively Arts series.

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Upcoming Concert
October 17, 2011

The Cypress String Quartet is bringing in renowned cellist Gary Hoffman to help them play Schubert's masterpiece, the String Quintet in C Major.

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