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!


Modern Classical REVIEW
 Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse  Wild Rumpus Evokes Psychedelia with <em>An Index of Metals</em>
April 26, 2016
The new-music ensemble takes the audience on a sonic trip with Fausto Romitelli’s eerie video opera at the Freight and Salvage. More about Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Plays from the Heart in Mahler, and Schubert
April 13, 2016
The orchestra’s intimate connection with the works of Mahler continues to inspire. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  MTT Studies the Academic Side of Copland and Schumann
April 5, 2016
SF Symphony featured the less-performed, edgy works in Copland's output, with Inon Barnatan at the keyboards for the Piano Concerto. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Montreal Symphony Sensational with Trifonov in Berkeley
March 29, 2016
The Russian piano phenomenon delivered a thrilling performance in collaboration with Kent Nagano and the OSM. More about Cal Performances »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Blinded by the Light at Symphony Silicon Valley
March 19, 2016
Awkward programming and distracting visuals overshadow a powerful rendition of Fauré’s Requiem. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  One Found Sound Ready to Break Through
March 19, 2016
The collaborative One Found Sound finds adventure in chamber works by Mozart, Nielsen, and Thomson. More about Old First Concerts »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Dutoit Draws the Franco-Russian Connection with the S.F. Symphony
March 15, 2016

As he’s been doing his whole career, conductor Charles Dutoit brought clarity and detail to early 20th-century masterpieces.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Joshua Bell Needs a Baton to Go with His Bow
March 9, 2016

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields fielded a great soloist on Sunday, but missed a conductor’s attention.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Maria João Pires’ Long-Overdue Bay Area Debut
March 2, 2016

: No more excuses if you haven’t heard the work of this brilliant Portuguese pianist.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Elevate Ensemble  Elevate Ensemble and the Return of the Harpsichord
February 29, 2016
Harpsichordist Derek Tam joined the group in three pieces all composed in 2016. More about Elevate Ensemble »