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
May 28, 2019

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

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 27, 2019

Guest conductor Krzysztof Urbański makes the most of Grażyna Bacewicz’s 1943 Overture.

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Recital Review
May 27, 2019

The virtuoso evoked vintage keyboards of all sorts without changing instruments.

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Opera Review
May 21, 2019

The world premiere suffers from an overabundance of themes, creative voices, and rain.

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Jazz Review
May 21, 2019

The singer deployed her vocal gifts in a set drawn from her latest album.

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Modern Classical Review
May 21, 2019

Shape-note singing, the sounds of an artificial-intelligence “baby,” and bone-rattling bass shake the rafters.

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Recital Review
May 21, 2019

Sarah Cahill and Regina Myers offer a recital of works themed around social justice, some subtle, some not so subtle.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 20, 2019

SFSYO’s Young Mahlerites are taking the music to the Old World — again.

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Choral Review
May 20, 2019

Peter Sellars’s masterful, minimalist direction provides the perfect setting for LAMC’s powerful performance.

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Modern Classical Review
May 20, 2019

Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn improvise their way to new musical horizons.

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