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
 Voices of Music  Voicing Lamentations
April 13, 2014

In praise of Scarlatti, the estimable Voices of Music lament impressively.

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Recital REVIEW
 Steinway Society  Liszt Blitz From Khatia Buniatishvili
April 13, 2014

Georgian-born Khatia Buniatishvili’s deeply felt musicality proves right for Liszt and Ravel, but is a bit off for a Chopin sonata.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Chambered Pleasures With the Berkeley Symphony
April 13, 2014

The stars were aligned in Piedmont for the fifth and concluding program of the Berkeley Symphony’s season chamber series.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Guitarist Manuel Barrueco: Master of Fusion
April 6, 2014

Effortlessly parsing Apollonian and Dionysiac aesthetics, Manuel Barrueco’s guitar enlivens arrangements of works by Bach and Scarlatti.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Conrad Susa: A Composer Transforms Even Time
April 5, 2014

A composer’s passing is considered with thoughts of the voice and spirit living on, an idea that was pervasive at the memorial concert for the late Conrad Susa, presented by the S.F. Conservatory of Music.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Jose Chamber Music Society  Auryn Quartet: Austere and Lively Beethoven
April 5, 2014

German’s Auryn Quartet (now in its fourth decade of prominence) plays Beethoven to a fare-thee-well in San José.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  The Rarity of Luca Pisaroni's Artistry
April 1, 2014

Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni's recital showcased the rare singing quality of his vocal line — smooth, even, and connected — and an unforced lyricism of his tone, all-of-one-piece.

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Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Girls Chorus  Britten's Biblical Epic Refashioned in a Temple
March 29, 2014

The S.F. Girls Chorus launches Noah’s Ark on a flood of gorgeous Britten music, in a beautifully sung yet bare-bones performance.

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Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ravishing Pianism by Mitsuko Uchida
March 25, 2014

A virtuoso pianist makes a rare Bay Area appearance, richly rewarding her audience with evanescent renditions of a Schubert sonata and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

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Recital REVIEW
 Steinway Society  Off-Base Romantic Pianism
March 23, 2014

A disappointing debut from pianist Dmitri Alexeev at the Steinway Society made for a long, and loud, evening.

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