CD Reviews

Each week, our professional critics review the latest recording releases, from Bay Area music groups to international releases our editors think deserve your attention.


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January 8, 2019

Six genre-defying works reveal the composer’s restless intellect.

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January 2, 2019

The epic work shines in this new recording under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.

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December 3, 2018

The ensemble’s debut recording features austere modern works from Webern, Kirchner, and Britten.

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November 27, 2018

Mahler’s profound songs demand a bit more than meets the ear with this collection.

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September 25, 2018

The composer’s latest recording sets new and classic poetry to original tunes.

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July 27, 2018

Four composers’ treatments of Dickinson poems are featured on a recent CD.

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July 10, 2018

The first complete recording of the famous 1937 agit-prop opera is surprisingly timely.

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March 9, 2018

Splendid violin performances are just the beginning of the treasures to behold in this new box set.

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December 29, 2016

The pianist’s new CD provides a musical soundtrack to a famous Langston Hughes poem.

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February 6, 2015

Not a contender among so many great recorded interpretations of the songs, but Netrebko is backed by a marvelous orchestra and conductor who know their Strauss.

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