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!


Chamber Music REVIEW
   L.A.’s Formalist Quartet Gets Blood Flowing at Frozen Oberlin
March 5, 2015
LA string ensemble the Formalist Quartet warmed snowy Ohio’s Oberlin campus with a passionate flurry of its own. More »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Jose Chamber Music Society  Auryn Quartet Brings Beethoven Cycle to Powerful Close
February 26, 2015

The brilliant last quartets combined with some of Beethoven's earliest in two exhilarating concerts.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 San Francisco Early Music Society  Dark Horse Consort Resurrects Early Brass Music
February 25, 2015

The surprisingly grateful combination of voice and early brass instruments was the focus of a delicious concert of early 17th-century music.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Cal Performances Review Hespèrion XXI: Splendor from Istanbul
February 24, 2015

Jordi Savall continues his magical odyssey through the musical world of historical Istanbul.

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Recital REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Tenor Brian Jagde Beyond Impressive in Mondavi Recital
February 22, 2015
The American tenor masters every moment in his spectacular solo recital debut. More about Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Stanford Celebrates Haydn at Bing Hall with Academic-minded Program
February 19, 2015
Stanford musicians and guests perform Haydn’s first and final symphony, written in the same key, 36 years apart. More about Stanford Live »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Live at Mission Blue  Masters of Historical Performance Thrill at Mission Blue
February 17, 2015

Three great musicians played familiar and unfamiliar works to great effect on Saturday.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Lisa Delan Recital a Pure Delight
February 15, 2015

In a recital that was almost a house concert, the music was well-served.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  Martha & Monica Up the Ante in Their Latest Recital
February 12, 2015

The cello-piano duo took their audience on an intellectual and emotional journey into the inner workings of the mind and soul of the artist.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Explores Music of Bach's Cousins
February 10, 2015

Bach's musical cousins got a highly satisfactory hearing from the historical performance specialists.

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