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!


Modern Classical Review
June 4, 2019

Is it actually a good thing to overwhelm your audience?

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Chamber Music Review
June 4, 2019

Adams’s Quintet with Pillars explores the subtleties of resonance.

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Opera Review
June 3, 2019

Vocal performances are the strong suit in the fledgling company’s inaugural production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 3, 2019

The orchestral portion of LA Phil’s third-annual new-music marathon played it too safe.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 3, 2019

A fine, crisp performance with an ensemble not quite the size of the “Symphony of a Thousand.”

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 3, 2019

The pairing of Bach with Shostakovich offers a study in emotional contrasts.

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Opera Review
June 3, 2019

Contemporary works by Christopher Stark and Laura Schwendinger soar on a shoestring at Z Space.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2019

Director Ron Howard’s new project is an intimate portrait of an outsized talent.

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Chamber Music Review
May 28, 2019

Selections from Lutosławski to Mozart provide a reverse history of the instrument.

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Opera Review
May 28, 2019

Verdi’s last opera is uneven in the venerable company’s new production.

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