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!


Choral Review
August 23, 2016

Music Director Robert Geary’s intimate knowledge of Verdi’s choral masterpiece anchored a strong, if flawed, performance.

More »
Opera Review
August 22, 2016

The future of opera is in good hands and magnificent voices, as demonstrated by 23 great young performers.

More »
Non-Western Classical Music Review
August 20, 2016

Yo-Yo Ma’s trailblazing ensemble tears it up in concert at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theater.

More »
Chamber Music Review
August 20, 2016

After playing second fiddle to text on Lang’s new piece, cellist Maya Beiser shines on his earlier world to come.

More »
Recital Review
August 16, 2016

New Piano Collective’s second inaugural program ranged from the sublime to the silly.

More »
Early Music/Baroque Review
August 16, 2016

The North American premiere of a 1734 Handel serenata is an interesting glimpse of the composer fulfilling his duties as unofficial court composer. Eyes and ears were on some of the strongly cast soloists.

More »
Opera Review
August 9, 2016

It was a group effort that brought home Mozart’s final Italian comedy at Merola, all the way down to the apprentice coaches.

More »
Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Two commissions honor Marin Alsop, the festivals founder and guiding light.

More »
Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Recent works by Christopher Rouse and James MacMillan highlight the 2016 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s opening concert.

More »
Opera Review
August 9, 2016

Strong leads, clever staging, and a solid orchestra bring out the best in Handel’s dark satire.

More »

Pages