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
June 19, 2017

George Lewis’s Afterword, an opera has an original premise, and some beautiful music, but there’s one big fly in the ointment.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 19, 2017

Meanwhile, conductor Vasily Petrenko made a meal of Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony, leading the San Francisco Symphony’s weekend program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 13, 2017

The audience jumps to its feet for S.F. Symphony’s performance of a work that once inspired a riot.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 19, 2017

In one of her final concerts with the ensemble, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg leads a program of NCCO-commissioned works, including a standout composition by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 12, 2017

It’s an unusual mix of instruments, but Ensemble Mise-En makes it work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2017

California Symphony contrasted Visconti’s lyrical concerto with big-boned, dramatic works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2017

Charles Dutoit elicited powerful, emotional music from an augmented S.F. Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 8, 2017

Bass Denis Sedov and the Bay Area Men’s Chorus collaborate in Shostakovich’s masterful setting of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s Holocaust epic.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2017

One of Richard Strauss’s less-performed symphonic poems pairs with Igor Levit’s masterful Schumann performance.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 4, 2017

Along with soprano Deborah Voigt, Luisi and the DNSO are on the same wavelength, making music passionately.

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