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!


CD Review
July 26, 2011

Some fresh Italian air is provided by a new Naxos release of works by a youthful Ottorino Respighi.

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Festival Review
July 24, 2011

With considerable creativity and stamina, pianist Alessio Bax plays a demanding program of Brahms, Enescu, and Bartók.

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Festival Review
July 22, 2011

Imaginative programming choices mark the Carmel Bach Festival’s “Landscapes of the Soul” program.

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Festival Review
July 18, 2011

The multifaceted Peter Hanson emerges as a gracious, accessible concertmaster of the Carmel band.

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CD Review
July 18, 2011

A Jennifer Higdon work infallibly delights, on this new Atlanta Symphony Orchestra CD, even without its live-concert visuals.

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Festival Review
July 17, 2011

Carmel Bach’s new director, Paul Goodwin, leads a powerful “rethink” of Bach’s St. John Passion that won the audience over.

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Choral Review
July 17, 2011

Young singers in American Bach Soloists’ summer academy come up against the limits of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, with varying success.

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Festival Review
July 14, 2011

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and soprano Christina Major lend their gifts to a strong program by the long-admired Midsummer Mozart Festival.

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CD Review
July 12, 2011

Did Hollywood success spoil Erich Korngold? Not according to a new CD of his must-hear symphony, with its lush Romanticism.

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