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!


Recital Review
May 4, 2017

The solo cellist presented strong works by Augusta Thomas Read, Missy Mazzoli, Anna Clyne, and Gity Razaz.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2017

One of Richard Strauss’s less-performed symphonic poems pairs with Igor Levit’s masterful Schumann performance.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

The trio’s peerless musicianship and their unusual combination of cello, bass, and mandolin result in fresh interpretations of classic material.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

The intrepid ensemble explores the fringes of music and the universe with a world premiere and three recent compositions.

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Opera Review
May 2, 2017

Decades of imagining and four years of “construction” culminate in a splendid production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin pair up in a fiery repertoire.

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Dance Review
April 28, 2017

Despite one error in the middle innings, the venerable troupe brought it home with a grand slam.

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Chamber Music Review
April 27, 2017

The long-running European ensemble is a new sensation here, and for good reason.

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Chamber Music Review
April 25, 2017

The acclaimed young ensemble exhibit technical mastery and nuanced interpretations of Beethoven, Haydn, and Shostakovich.

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Choral Review
April 25, 2017

Superb musicianship, unusual vocal techniques, and fascinating repertoire choices set this chorus apart.

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