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
 San Francisco Bach Choir  S.F. Bach Choir’s Spirited Mass in B Minor Verges on the Magnificent
May 17, 2016
Dr. Magen Solomon has guided the venerable community choir to new levels of artistry. More about San Francisco Bach Choir »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Wanting Heart: Hilary Hahn at Davies
April 28, 2016
The violinist's recital featured Bach and a brand-new, Bach-inspired partita. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists Take Intimate View of Bach Oratorios
April 26, 2016

Despite the large forces arrayed for the Easter and Ascension Oratorios, Jeffrey Thomas and his musicians achieve chamber music-like clarity and unforced communication.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Shaham’s Moving Bach and Michalek’s Bach in Motion
April 18, 2016
The violinist and the video artist team up for a Bach-plus-video performance that was intriguingly different from other classical-plus-video projects. More about Cal Performances »
Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Early Music Society  Stile Antico Accents Sensuality in Renaissance Music
April 13, 2016
The early music ensemble delivers an earthy, thrilling program exploring the relationship of the sensual and the spiritual in Renaissance vocal music. More about San Francisco Early Music Society »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Christiane Karg: Art Song’s New Champion
April 11, 2016
The soprano is a force to be reckoned with in art song, a communicative and soulful singer. More about San Francisco Performances »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge Pick Some Winners
April 7, 2016
The virtuosic duo succeed with their custom blend of “esoteric acoustic guitar art songs.” More about San Francisco Performances »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Just Beethoven, Please
April 1, 2016

In their "Bridge to Beethoven" series, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner set a contemporary composer a near-impossible task.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Curious Flights  Curious Flights Transports with “Transatlantic Crossings”
March 25, 2016
Fresh compositions by Simon Dobson highlight the latest installment of this inventive series. More about Curious Flights »
Recital REVIEW
 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series  Baritone Efraín Solís Shines in Schwabacher Debut
March 25, 2016
The Mexican-American baritone delivered a fascinating and linguistically diverse program without getting tongue-tied. More about Schwabacher Debut Recital Series »