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!


Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 San Francisco Early Music Society  Forgotten Viennese Composers Get Some Love From Quicksilver
February 3, 2016

The greats and not-so-greats of 17th-century Vienna get a hearing thanks to the Quicksilver ensemble.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Ives Collective  The Ives Collective: Endings and Beginnings
February 2, 2016

The Ives Quartet has morphed into the Ives Collective, which began 2016 with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  ABS Chorus Stands Out in ‘Bach Favorites’
January 27, 2016
American Bach Soloists revisited two of the three Bach Cantatas from their inaugural concert for the opening of their 27th season. More about American Bach Soloists »
Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Prokofiev Seen Through the Lens of His Sonatas
January 26, 2016
Yefim Bronfman begins a survey of the composer’s career-spanning piano sonatas. More about Cal Performances »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Ensemble San Francisco  Ensemble San Francisco Begins 2016 On a Light Note
January 11, 2016
The group lived up to its “hip, unstuffy” reputation at St. Mark’s Lutheran in San Francisco. More about Ensemble San Francisco »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Voices of Music  Italian Baroque for the Holidays by Voices of Music
December 22, 2015
The early music ensemble performed festive pieces from the Italian baroque at St. Mark’s Lutheran in San Francisco. More about Voices of Music »
Choral REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  American Bach Soloists Excel in Joyful Christmas Story
December 15, 2015
Bach’s sumptuous and inspired Christmas Oratorio was well-served by Jeffrey Thomas’ ace musicians. More about American Bach Soloists »
Choral REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque a Resounding Success in St. Cecilia Odes
December 8, 2015
A program of celebrations showed the orchestra and chorus off to best advantage, while also testing Herbst Theatre’s revamped acoustics. More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto  Playful Period Pieces from Shakespeare’s Time with the Baltimore Consort
November 23, 2015
The early music ensemble performed “songs, dances, and fancies” with flair at Palo Alto’s First Presbyterian Church. More about First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music at Kohl  Catalyst Quartet Gets Down and Dirty at Kohl
November 18, 2015
The quartet shifted seamlessly between genres in a wide-ranging program. More about Music at Kohl »