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
January 19, 2021

The pianist brings disciplined expression to Frederic Rzewski’s politically charged ruminations.

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Recording Review
January 18, 2021

Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, and Sō Percussion record Shaw’s Americana-steeped song cycle.

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Streaming Review
January 18, 2021

The company’s virtual gala offers fresh reminders of its ongoing strengths and tantalizing glimpses of great things to come.

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Recording Review
January 11, 2021

Five works by VOSV’s Cyril Deaconoff inspired by Stockhausen augment this rare recording of the bare-bones choral work.

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Recording Review
January 11, 2021

Tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz and pianist Oksana Glouchko reveal lovely and unusual art songs.

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Recording Review
January 11, 2021

The composer’s latest dramatic oratorio portrays the story of Jesus from a Jewish perspective.

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Recording Review
January 4, 2021

Rising melds new performances with 15 years of archived material from the lauded Philadelphia choir.

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Book Review
January 4, 2021

A new book by Peter Jones traces the influential jazz vocalist’s musical odyssey, and delves into the chemistry of his most famous collaboration.

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Recording Review
December 19, 2020

A new recording reveals the composer’s intriguing mesh of ideas, influences, and techniques.

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Recording Review
December 19, 2020

Is the pianist’s latest recording the end of an era?

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