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!


Recital Review
October 10, 2017

The Cliburn-winning pianist brought fresh insight and nuance to familiar repertoire.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 10, 2017

Contender Francesco Lecce-Chong acquits himself best on sprightly material from Bates and Beethoven.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 10, 2017

Strong soloists and Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque gave their all in a flawed work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 10, 2017

BSO’s music director led the orchestra and cello through a program of impressive firsts.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 9, 2017

The young violinist plays a thrilling Mendelssohn concerto in perfect synch with the S.F. Symphony

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Chamber Music Review
October 8, 2017

A pick-up quintet of great classical musicians joins McBride for Dvořák and Schubert at SFJAZZ.

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Youth Ensembles/Student Performances Review
October 3, 2017

Here’s what we heard at the inaugural concert of the Conservatory’s new Roots, Jazz, and American Music program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 3, 2017

The American pianist made child’s play of a notoriously difficult concerto.

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Recital Review
October 3, 2017

The gifted mezzo-soprano conveyed the hits and some lesser surprises with grace and musicality.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 26, 2017

With a world premiere and Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, New Century Chamber Orchestra dazzled in their season opener.

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