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 Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Chamber Orchestra  Soloists Rule with S.F. Chamber Orchestra
February 24, 2015

A Maria Schneider song cycle and Schumann’s Piano Concerto were enlivened by soloists Lara Slotwiner-Nie and Lara Downes.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony and Chorus Sublime in Brahms Requiem
February 24, 2015

Conductor Emeritus Herbert Blomstedt led a deeply felt performance and Ragnar Bohlin’s chorus shone.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players  Music Exploring the Human Condition Animates Project TenFourteen
February 24, 2015

In the third installment of a year-long project, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players offered two excellent premieres inspired by death and loss.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Rotterdam Philharmonic: The Other Great Dutch Orchestra
February 19, 2015

On its U.S. tour, the orchestra delivered unequivocal proof that it is a fantastic ensemble, and that Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a phenomenal conductor.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Connects With Students
February 19, 2015

Dixon High School students give their take on this concert, part of SFCV's Write On! program.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Schick and SoundBox: A Winning Combination
February 16, 2015
Despite wrinkles in the format, the Symphony's hip new series continues to impress. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Turns Heads At Mondavi Center
February 16, 2015
After two decades away, Geneva's Orchestre de la Suisse Romande returns and triumphs on their U.S. tour at UC Davis. More about Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  New Music Gathering A Huge Success at S.F. Conservatory
February 12, 2015

Last month, a spirit of innovation and inclusion reigned as practioners and devotees of contemporary music performed and traded ideas.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
   Corey Dargel Doles Out Easygoing Ironies in Song
February 9, 2015

The indie-classical composer’s quirky, trademark style gets a few new twists in his latest song collection.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Bandoneón and Orchestra Partner Uneasily in New Concerto
February 9, 2015

Star Argentine bandoneónist J.P. Jofre played brilliantly in a world premiere by UC Davis composer Pablo Ortiz.

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