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!


Recording Review
November 10, 2020

The soprano’s beguiling debut CD mixes repertory and is accompanied by an eclectic combo of first-rate musicians.

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Recording Review
November 9, 2020

The JACK Quartet roams the sonic outback on two meditative quartets from the Alaskan composer.

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Streaming Review
November 3, 2020

The saxophonist/composer’s jazzy soundscape for the Michelle Obama documentary gets a full-blooded rendition that benefits from the orchestral treatment.

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Recording Review
November 2, 2020

The youthful pair give robust, fully committed readings of sonatas from Rachmaninoff and Barber.

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Recording Review
October 26, 2020

Gavin Bryars’s haunting tone poem about the last moments of the doomed ship gets a fresh interpretation by this up-and-coming ensemble.

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Recording Review
October 23, 2020

David Hertzberg’s spooky chamber orchestra recasts a Hans Christian Andersen tale of spirit possession.

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Streaming Review
October 21, 2020

This year’s San Francisco Dance Film Festival hasn’t missed a step in its transition to the smaller screen.

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Streaming Review
October 20, 2020

In concert, the layers and cumulative, syncretic power of Joachim’s music become clear.

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Streaming Review
October 19, 2020

In a time of bold political statements, the latest episodes of SOUND/STAGE fit the moment, as well as providing musical relief.

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Recording Review
October 19, 2020

Fure’s new album strikes fear in the listener but makes a profoundly human point.

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