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!

 Cappella SF  Ah, Cappella—An Ethereal Evening of Choral Mastery
April 14, 2015
The relatively new group Cappella SF put on a heavenly concert at Mission Dolores Basilica. More about Cappella SF »
Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ian Bostridge Goes to War at Berkeley’s Hertz Hall
April 13, 2015
The English tenor lent his voice to dark material at a performance of “The Music and Poetry of the Great War.” More about Cal Performances »
Recital REVIEW
 Green Music Center   Faster than a Speeding Bullet
March 30, 2015
Gil Shaham may play the violin at superhuman speeds, but his performance of Bach's complete sonatas and partitas lost a lot in translation. More about Green Music Center »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
   Stile Antico Presents an Evening with The Habsburgs
March 27, 2015
The early music vocal ensemble ran through some of the greatest hits written for royalty. More »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Voices of Music  Voices of Music Ends Season Basking in Mediterranean Glow
March 24, 2015
The camaraderie of the Early Music ensemble creates an intimacy that makes each performance a joy to watch. More about Voices of Music »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music at Kohl  Jamming Two Worlds Together
March 24, 2015
Classical Jam, a group adept at blending classical and improvisation, put together an enjoyable program at Kohl Mansion. More about Music at Kohl »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Improv and Originality: Charlie Albright Makes Impressive S.F. Debut
March 18, 2015

A young pianist dares to depart from the score and makes his points strongly, a la Glenn Gould.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Surprises with a Variety of Vivaldi
March 16, 2015

It takes an orchestra as good as Philharmonia Baroque and a soloist like Rachel Podger to showcase Vivaldi’s protean imagination.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cal Performances  A Perfect Partnership: Wu Han and David Finckel
March 11, 2015

The power couple of chamber music played and breathe as one in this recital.

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Recital REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Anonymous 4 Revisit Music of the Civil War
March 10, 2015

Touring behind the release of 1865, their last album together, Anonymous 4 focused on a classic repertoire of American song.

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