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!

 Volti  The Journey That Is <em>Pandora’s Gift</em>
May 20, 2015
Volti’s Pandora’s Gift, performed with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, leaves a lasting visual impression. More about Volti »
Recital REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Music@Menlo Caps Off Winter Season With “Clarinet Celebration”
May 18, 2015
Clarinetists Romie de Guise-Langlois and David Shifrin, occasionally joined by violin and piano, dazzled. More about Music@Menlo »
Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Webern’s <em>Four Pieces</em> Nicely Breaks Up A Night of Brahms
May 12, 2015
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff offers a palate cleanser of Webern to breakup his performace of the complete Brahms violin sonatas. More about Cal Performances »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists Show the Lighter Side of Bach
May 6, 2015
The early music group introduced a young cello soloist and played a sprightly reading of a Bach orchestral suite. More about American Bach Soloists »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Les Arts Florissants and the Heartaches of Love
May 6, 2015
William Christie’s vocal and instrumental Baroque ensemble brings the language of love to Cal Performances. More about Cal Performances »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 California Bach Society  An Enchanting Mix of Cal Bach and Guitar
April 28, 2015
The California Bach Society’s "An Italian Lineage" explored an intriguing mix of composers from the 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. More about California Bach Society »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Green Music Center   Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Tackle Beethoven, Tchaikovsky Trios
April 22, 2015
The world-traveling trio take the "Archduke" Trio and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor at a brisk pace. More about Green Music Center »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Hahn Displays Adventurous Range in S.F. Performances Recital
April 20, 2015
The violinist tackled a mammoth program at SFJAZZ Center’s main hall. More about San Francisco Performances »
 Cappella SF  Ah, Cappella—An Ethereal Evening of Choral Mastery
April 14, 2015
The relatively new group Cappella SF put on a heavenly concert at Mission Dolores Basilica. More about Cappella SF »
Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ian Bostridge Goes to War at Berkeley’s Hertz Hall
April 13, 2015
The English tenor lent his voice to dark material at a performance of “The Music and Poetry of the Great War.” More about Cal Performances »