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!


Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  Dynamics and Glow at the S.F. Ballet
April 4, 2014

A San Francisco Ballet program of Caprice, Maelstrom, and Rite of Spring sparkles as the dancers go for all.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  Enigmatic and Thrilling <em>Trilogy</em>
April 2, 2014

Enigmatic and often thrilling, Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Shostakovich Trilogy, the first-ever co-production of American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet, had its West Coast premiere.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  The Rarity of Luca Pisaroni's Artistry
April 1, 2014

Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni's recital showcased the rare singing quality of his vocal line — smooth, even, and connected — and an unforced lyricism of his tone, all-of-one-piece.

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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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Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera   West Edge Opera Rediscovers Donizetti Treasure
March 30, 2014

The West Edge Opera's Caterina Cornaro proves to be an unjustly neglected lyric tragedy from the Donizetti’s late period, a rare presentation of the opera that merits a more sustained rediscovery.

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Opera REVIEW
 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series  Blier's Gift to Our Adlers
March 30, 2014

Only Steven Blier could possibly concoct a program as rich, colorful, and provocative as the one he brought to his annual New York Festival of Song Schwabacher Debut Recital.

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Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Girls Chorus  Britten's Biblical Epic Refashioned in a Temple
March 29, 2014

The S.F. Girls Chorus launches Noah’s Ark on a flood of gorgeous Britten music, in a beautifully sung yet bare-bones performance.

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Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ravishing Pianism by Mitsuko Uchida
March 25, 2014

A virtuoso pianist makes a rare Bay Area appearance, richly rewarding her audience with evanescent renditions of a Schubert sonata and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

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Recital REVIEW
 Steinway Society  Off-Base Romantic Pianism
March 23, 2014

A disappointing debut from pianist Dmitri Alexeev at the Steinway Society made for a long, and loud, evening.

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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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