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
 Music@Menlo  Pianist Wu Han’s Sonata in A Major Soars in Second Schubertiade
July 27, 2015
The event, part of Music@Menlo’s Summer Festival, wasn’t exactly like hanging out with Schubert and friends in a Viennese salon in the 1800s, but it was close. More about Music@Menlo »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Alliance Française  Ensemble San Francisco Kicks Off French Music Festival With Panache
June 23, 2015
A trio (plus some friends) provided excitement in a party of French chamber music. More about Alliance Française »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music  Vocallective and the Town Quartet Thrive at Legion of Honor
June 18, 2015
Nuances of the performance were lost to the unforgiving acoustics of the Rodin Gallery at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, but the musicians’ camaraderie shone through. More about San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music »
Choral REVIEW
 Lieder Alive!  Lieder Alive! Discovers New Vigor in Classic Songs
June 17, 2015

New arrangements refresh Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.

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Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Choral Artists  Mads Tolling Joins S.F. Choral Artists to Celebrate Old Masters, Young Prodigies
June 16, 2015
In a far-ranging program that covered music from the 1400s to the present, the violinist accompanied the ensemble on five pieces as part of a new program called SFCA+1. More about San Francisco Choral Artists »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 BELLA Piano Trio  B3LLA Trio Plays Bold Beethoven
June 10, 2015
The trio, adjusting to a personnel change for the performance, brought interpretative daring to a performance of Beethoven trios. More about BELLA Piano Trio »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 New Esterházy Quartet  Christine Brandes Stands Out in New Esterházy’s All-Haydn Program
June 8, 2015

The soprano’s performance of Arianna a Naxos lights up the room after an opening plagued with intonation and communication issues.

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Choral REVIEW
 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 »