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
September 19, 2020

Missy Mazzoli’s neo-Gothic opera evokes themes of the American dream on the harsh prairie frontier.

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Recording Review
September 15, 2020

The Nashville Symphony, under Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, premieres several late Rouse works in strong performances.

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Recording Review
September 14, 2020

Soprano Susan Narucki astounds as Sarah Winchester in Lei Liang’s very American chamber opera.

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Chamber Music Review
September 14, 2020

The San Diego festival has found a safe, socially distanced way to give concerts, and a paying audience responds.

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Recording Review
September 5, 2020

A sense of urgency infuses the virtuoso’s new double-CD release.

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Recording Review
September 5, 2020

New recordings offer contrasting takes on Edward Elgar’s only song cycle, but the real treats are the other Elgar works on each disc.

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Recording Review
September 1, 2020

The tenor goes small-scale and intimate on Selige Stunde.

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Recording Review
August 31, 2020

A heartbreaking oratorio transcends personal pain to offer universal succor in challenging times.

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Recording Review
August 24, 2020

The Icelandic cellist, singer, and composer calls on longtime collaborators for her latest album.

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Recording Review
August 21, 2020

An anthology of the violinist's intimate livestream performances with special guests is a relaxed audio bouquet of comfortable standards.

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