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!


Streaming Review
October 21, 2020

This year’s San Francisco Dance Film Festival hasn’t missed a step in its transition to the smaller screen.

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Streaming Review
October 20, 2020

In concert, the layers and cumulative, syncretic power of Joachim’s music become clear.

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Streaming Review
October 19, 2020

In a time of bold political statements, the latest episodes of SOUND/STAGE fit the moment, as well as providing musical relief.

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Recording Review
October 19, 2020

Fure’s new album strikes fear in the listener but makes a profoundly human point.

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Streaming Review
October 19, 2020

Copland’s original chamber setting for Appalachian Spring is revelatory.

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Recording Review
October 12, 2020

The chamber group and guests present three commissions setting haunting poetry by Paul Celan and Czeslaw Miłosz.

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Streaming Review
October 12, 2020

A streamed concert spotlights Jiji’s fresh repertory and sparkling performance style.

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Recording Review
October 12, 2020

The violin virtuoso shines in an eclectic recital recorded at home with a handful of gifted cohorts.

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Recording Review
October 12, 2020

Conductor Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now shine on a Dimitri Mitropoulos rarity.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 6, 2020

The orchestra served up dramatically different soundscapes in the first two episodes, ranging from somber and brooding to upbeat and festive.

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