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
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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Opera Review
November 14, 2017

William Kentridge fuses physics, early modernist art, jazz-age music, and colonial history in a profound multimedia revue.

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Opera Review
November 13, 2017

L.A. Opera and Beth Morrison Projects explore the intricacies of Ingmar Bergman’s film in an opera by Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib.

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Recital Review
November 13, 2017

Environmental sounds animate the New Zealander’s vital compositions.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 13, 2017

William Christie pairs Purcell with the pastorale Actéon.

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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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Choral Review
November 7, 2017

A small piece from composer Frank Ticheli ignites while Ola Gjeilo’s Sacris Solemniis merely soothes.

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