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
   Terry Riley to the Max
April 12, 2014

The “Minimalist Jukebox,” a grand exploration of minimalism, is spinning Los Angeles itself. Two days belonged to the man who started it all: Terry Riley.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Blomstedt: Insight and Mastery Mesmerize
April 9, 2014

When he is back in town to solidify his position as the Symphony’s Conductor Laureate, Herbert Blomstedt conducts the repertoire he loves, and that San Francisco audiences most love to hear from him.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque's Vivaldi Extravaganza
April 4, 2014

Vivaldi’s vocal whirlwinds are as nothing to the massed forces of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorus as they mount the extravagant oratorio Judith triumphans.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Fremont Symphony Orchestra  Son of a Gun: Fremont Symphony Still Blazes and Amazes
March 30, 2014

As old as its town, the Fremont Symphony continues to surprise and delight, this time harking back to its roots and then displaying youthful local talent.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Left Coast Chamber Ensemble  Left Coast's Stories
March 22, 2014

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble played a concert with stories both personal and universal, in a concert that embraced widely diverse music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Choral Awesomeness: <em>Carmina</em>, Symphony Silicon Valley
March 22, 2014

A superbly vital performance of Carmina Burana is the centerpiece of a rousing concert by Symphony Silicon Valley and several choruses.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   A Musical Crossing Seas Apart
March 21, 2014

In a joint presentation of a program seas apart, the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer set out to explore the rich musical era between the two world wars.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
  Los Angeles Philharmonic Growth and Finesse From the L.A. Philharmonic
March 12, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel’s artistic growth has raised the L.A. Philharmonic to a new level, as evidenced in its Davies Hall concerts. But Yuja Wang’s playing was far too spiky.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Spellbinders From the Vienna Phil
March 9, 2014

The superb Vienna Philharmonic, with substitute conductor Andris Nelsons, outdoes itself with Mozart, Bruckner and Josef Strauss, even in the acoustically deficient Zellerbach Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque: Model Ensemble
March 8, 2014

The ever-elegant Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra probes some lesser-known composers from the 17th and 18th centuries, to the usual grand effect.

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