Classical Music Reviews

Every week, our professional critics attend concerts throughout the Bay Area to let you know what went well...and occasionally what didn't. Let their insights enrich your musical experiences, and feel free to share your own views!


Recording Review
February 22, 2021

A new release of outtakes, practice runs, and studio chatter illuminates the evolution of a jazz classic.

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Recording Review
February 22, 2021

Violinist Gil Shaham and soprano Susanna Phillips are featured soloists in this new release from concerts recorded in 2015 and 2018.

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Recording Review
February 15, 2021

A cycle of songs that chart “birth, blooming, fracturing, and rebirth” in the year of the coronavirus.

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Streaming Review
February 15, 2021

Harsh reality begets a brilliant multimedia dance fantasy.

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Streaming Review
February 13, 2021

Jake Broder’s UnRavelled explores the relationship of creativity and dementia via the landmark composition and the painting it inspired.

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Streaming Review
February 8, 2021

A kaleidoscope of imagery and effects supercharge three powerful string works in the online SoundBox opener.

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Recording Review
February 8, 2021

All-stars including Sasha Cooke, Daniel Hope, and members of the SF Opera Orchestra highlight a splendid new recording featuring the Violins of Hope.

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Recording Review
February 1, 2021

Joined by Orfeo 55 on her latest disc, the ambitious singer/conductor puts her unique stamp on a wide swath of Baroque arias and songs.

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Recording Review
February 1, 2021

Featuring powerful settings of Langston Hughes texts, a new recording with pianist Paul Sánchez highlights a century of works by Black composers.

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Recording Review
January 25, 2021

A new sonata by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra highlights the Cuban guitarist’s latest disc.

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