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
April 20, 2019

The choral group makes new music easy to listen to.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 19, 2019

Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik shines brightest in a bevy of glittering soloists.

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Jazz Review
April 16, 2019

The influential guitarist’s trio plays new interpretations of the American Songbook and canonical jazz tunes.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 16, 2019

Salonen’s “Faith” concert with the LA Phil celebrates the vitality of the composer’s final years.

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Modern Classical Review
April 16, 2019

The Santa Monica series focuses on a musical crossroads.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
April 16, 2019

Nicholas McGegan's deft hand crafted a near-perfect rendition of Handel’s sacred drama.

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Recital Review
April 16, 2019

S.F. Conservatory of Music instructors strut their fretted stuff in a concert ranging from the Baroque to jazz and back.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 15, 2019

Guest conductor Andrey Boreyko leads the orchestra in a disciplined reading of a storied tone poem.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 13, 2019

A striking premiere from Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar headlines the concert at Carnegie Hall.

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Modern Classical Review
April 13, 2019

New-music composers focus on the “notes between notes” played on everything from microtonal guitar to full-blown gamelan orchestra.

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