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!


Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

Together with pianist Piotr Andreszewski and the S.F. Symphony, the Czech conductor honored the premise of the “Pursuit of Passion” program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

In the second installment of the Ciudad de la Mexico Festival, Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Phil celebrate a “Noche de Cine.”

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

The rapport between conductor and orchestra leads to powerful but unfussy performances.

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Opera Review
October 17, 2017

The legendary singer is only one reason to see these powerful Verdi and Bizet productions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

Gustavo Dudamel’s CDMX: Music from Mexico City enchants with big ideas and small details.

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Opera Review
October 17, 2017

Superb singing and playing transcend lackluster acting and staging in this challenging opera.

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Chamber Music Review
October 17, 2017

The veteran ensemble champions new and vintage works for the modern brass quintet.

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Chamber Music Review
October 16, 2017

The cellist and performer/composer collaborate in a fresh, wide-ranging program.

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Chamber Music Review
October 11, 2017

Mieczyslaw Weinberg is having a moment of rediscovery. Is his music worth it?

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Chamber Music Review
October 10, 2017

Stravinsky’s century-old piece still resonates with more power and urgency than the contemporary works it inspired.

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