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
October 7, 2019

The popular guest conductor took a refreshingly straightforward approach to major works from Tchaikovsky and Kodály.

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Recital Review
October 7, 2019

The beloved soprano ranges from intimate classics to new operatic works in recital with pianist Richard Bado.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2019

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s raucous Gershwin concerto, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring make for a summery opener at Disney Hall.

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Jazz Review
October 7, 2019

The world’s longest-running jazz festival is still tops.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
October 6, 2019

Jan Dismas Zelenka, a Bach contemporary, gets a boost from CBS’s energetic handling of one of his big works.

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Opera Review
October 6, 2019

A new chamber opera pulled from the headlines packs a wallop.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 6, 2019

Prodigy Maria Dueñas burns through Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in her debut with the SFS.

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Jazz Review
October 6, 2019

Christian McBride and Brian Blades join the pianist in an endlessly inventive set of fresh-sounding standards.

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New Music Review
October 1, 2019

There’s no lack of music about nature, but this thoughtfully designed concert brought things together in an especially pleasing way.

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New Music Review
October 1, 2019

A big, excellent idea needs more attention to practical details.

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