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
August 18, 2020

A recital of modern American song with the composer and one of his finest interpreters.

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Recording Review
August 17, 2020

Each étude, prelude, and little musical moment is polished, precise, and personal on this Deutsche Grammophon release.

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Recording Review
August 11, 2020

Serpa’s multimedia project incorporates sometimes unsettling home videos.

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Recording Review
August 10, 2020

David Hertzberg’s The Wake World is a sumptuous pleasure house of music.

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Recording Review
August 10, 2020

The intrepid jazz composer breaks new musical ground while exploring unsettling themes of contemporary life.

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Streaming Review
August 10, 2020

SF Ballet’s Dance of Dreams captures our times on film in iconic San Francisco settings.

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Recording Review
July 31, 2020

The Florentine Opera gives the nonagenarian composer’s latest a serious makeover on a new recording.

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Recording Review
July 27, 2020

Jan Vogler records a single cello concerto written by three composers.

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Recording Review
July 24, 2020

Combining lovely melody with excerpts from a classic human-rights proclamation yields comforting sounds, but the composer wants it to be more than that.

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Recording Review
July 21, 2020

A delightful new CD highlights recent keyboard works inspired by early modernist paintings.

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