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!


Early Music/Baroque Review
January 14, 2020

The viol consort gives a captivating account of Lachrimae in Berkeley.

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Opera Review
January 14, 2020

LBO’s King Arthur treads a fine line between 17th-century elegance and 21st-century political theater.

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Recital Review
January 14, 2020

Pianist Robert Mollicone accompanies the mezzo in a program of “Spanish” music filtered through composers from France, Russia, Italy, and even Spain.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 14, 2020

The orchestra shows its strengths in Brahms’s Second Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 13, 2020

The LA Phil’s former music director puts the 12-tone system in context for those willing to listen and learn.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 11, 2020

Soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Ryan McKinny star in the world premiere.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 6, 2020

LA Phil audiences have heard a lot of the piece recently, but Mehta proves himself the master.

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Jazz Review
January 4, 2020

Funk reigns supreme in celebrations at the Great American Music Hall and SFJAZZ.

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Dance Review
January 2, 2020

Cunningham is a beautiful documentary that clarifies the choreographer’s place in dance history.

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Opera Review
December 23, 2019

A concert staging of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Der Ring des Polykrates is a success for the young company.

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