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!


Opera Review
August 5, 2017

Stellar ensemble work and strong vocal performances make magic with Rossini’s fairy tale.

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Chamber Music Review
August 5, 2017

In a concert ostensibly about expressionism, the surprise was Kreisler’s 1919 string quartet.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
July 28, 2017

Samuel Pepys’s diary provides the links for a program of music from 17th-century London.

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Opera Review
July 24, 2017

The rave is in: Mason Bates’s first opera is a (re)sounding success, one that deserves permanent repertory status.

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Chamber Music Review
July 24, 2017

Louis Spohr hits a double but Mendelssohn crushes a surprise home run with an early piano quartet.

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Opera Review
July 23, 2017

Three diverse one-acts gave Merola’s singers a chance to strut their stuff.

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Chamber Music Review
July 18, 2017

The “Classical Style” concert focuses on chamber masterworks from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

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Opera Review
July 18, 2017

Donald Pippin’s rhymed libretto in English brings the opera’s charming lyrics to the fore.

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Recital Review
July 11, 2017

Anthony Reed and John Parr tread the delicate line between power and intimacy.

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Opera Review
July 9, 2017

Confident performances abounded in the Merola Program’s Schwabacher Summer Concert.

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