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!


Dance Review
February 15, 2019

The Bay Area premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata is a bouquet for lovers.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 12, 2019

The eight vocalists of Cut Circle team up with the San Francisco Early Music Society for an afternoon of Franco-Flemish music.

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Recital Review
February 12, 2019

Even in his smaller-scale piano works, the composer looms large.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 12, 2019

Sara Davis Buechner stands out in Clara Wieck Schumann’s piano concerto.

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Recital Review
February 12, 2019

The pianist pushes the boundaries of performance norms in a concert dedicated to his own death.

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Jazz Review
February 12, 2019

The singer and versatile multi-instrumentalist leads her crackerjack band through timeless selections from her pan-Caribbean songbook.

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Opera Review
February 12, 2019

The composer’s newest synthesis of East and West needs a visual component and some cutting.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 12, 2019

Dr. K and company shine light on the recently rediscovered Funeral Song.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 11, 2019

The violinist gracefully masters Prokofiev’s challenging Violin Concerto No. 1.

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Chamber Music Review
February 5, 2019

UC Davis’s new-music group tackles the most challenging of modern compositions and scores.

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