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 Symphony  S.F. Symphony Finally Brings Character to Bartók
May 22, 2015
An exciting performance of Concerto for Orchestra caps off an evening that included pieces from Samuel Carl Adams and Mozart. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Center for New Music  Now Hear Ensemble Rolls Through Bay Area Premieres
May 21, 2015
The group, performing at the Center for New Music, experiments with wheels to generate sound. More about Center for New Music »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Earplay  A Mixed Bag of Premieres Ends Earplay’s 30th Anniversary Season
May 20, 2015
High level of musicianship from the Earplayers lifts up a diverse program with hits and misses. More about Earplay »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Too-Clever S.F. Symphony Performance Spoils Cage’s <em>Renga</em>
May 19, 2015
What happens when indeterminate music’s “happy accidents” are not so accidental? More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony: Bernstein Obscures Mahler
May 13, 2015

A lovely rendering of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is unfortunately paired with Bernstein’s brash, ostentatious Age of Anxiety.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  A Sedate Brentano Quartet Plays Vijay Iyer
May 12, 2015

The composer’s Time, Place, Action got its West Coast premiere, but stronger pieces by Debussy and Haydn received less attention from the quartet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Symphony Silicon Valley Rings With Rachmaninoff's <em>Bells</em>
May 11, 2015
The symphony, with assistance from choristers, performed the Rachmaninoff masterpiece, which is based off the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  A Divine Evening with Collegium Musicum Oberliniense
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Santa Rosa Symphony Masters Mahler’s Third
May 5, 2015
Mahler’s Third Symphony is a long haul, but the Santa Rosa Symphony was in it to win it. More about Santa Rosa Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Salonen Joins S.F. Symphony to Chase an Elusive Nyx