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
November 21, 2017

Some clear winners emerged from the 21-concert music fest, along with some also-ran entrants.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 21, 2017

New settings of the Nobel winner’s classic songs raise philosophical questions about the relationship of text and music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 18, 2017

The American master’s turbulent, challenging music arouses powerful responses.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 14, 2017

A curious program pairs Ives with Dvořák and a misplaced serving of Gershwin.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 14, 2017

From von Biber’s bombastic Battalia to the subtleties of a recent Andrew Norman piece, the NCCO played everything with grace and beauty.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 14, 2017

Martian invasion threatens L.A. Philharmonic concert!

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

In an ambitious program featuring pipa player Wu Man, the orchestra showed power in excess, with less finesse.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

Music Director Valery Gergiev showed off an orchestra in peak condition in a concert featuring flashy pianist Denis Matsuev.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

Chen is the second candidate in the orchestra’s music-director search and showed many strengths in her weekend set.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 7, 2017

Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben flirt with storytelling but hold back secrets.

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