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 Music Review
August 22, 2017

New music and old mixed together in a concert that showed how a balanced playlist can refresh the ears.

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Modern Classical Review
August 15, 2017

The vibrant program showcased brilliant new compositions and outstanding musicianship.

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Opera Review
August 15, 2017

Libby Larsen’s operatic adaptation of Shelley is less than riveting in a confusing production.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
August 14, 2017

A.B.S. Academy participants show their stuff in an assured performance.

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Opera Review
August 8, 2017

Martín y Soler’s jaunty farce makes an un-edgy interlude in West Edge Opera’s festival season.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2017

No disruption here: Music Director Cristian Mačelaru first concerts at Cabrillo have a familiar vibe.

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Opera Review
August 7, 2017

Stellar performances outshine ungainly production choices and the limitations of the opera itself.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2017

In a concert featuring a wide range of subjects and inspiration, the older works fared best.

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Opera Review
August 5, 2017

Stellar ensemble work and strong vocal performances make magic with Rossini’s fairy tale.

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Chamber Music Review
August 5, 2017

In a concert ostensibly about expressionism, the surprise was Kreisler’s 1919 string quartet.

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