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!


Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 15, 2011

In its second of three all-Tchaikovsky concerts, the Mariinsky Orchestra shines a revealing light on the Fifth Symphony, giving it both dramatic urgency and ravishing lyricism.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 14, 2011

Valery Gergiev’s Mariinsky Orchestra, playing two Tchaikovsky symphonies, scrubbed the varnish off the Pathétique and made “Winter Dreams” sound substantial.

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Dance Review
October 14, 2011

Resin — a stunning new ballet created for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet — is a cohesive suite of dances that is continuously spellbinding with dancers who are glorious interpreters and enhancers of rhythm and melody.

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Recital Review
October 13, 2011

Music lovers expecting the ordinary at Stephanie Blythe’s vocal recital received several splendid surprises. Presented by S.F. Performances, the great mezzo-soprano defied expectations at every turn, and the results were nothing short of brilliant.

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Recital Review
October 11, 2011

From thundering orchestral sonics to dreamy and delightsome scene-painting, Yefim Bronfman’s playing has it all.

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CD Review
October 11, 2011

With violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock’s brilliant ornamentation, Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra outdoes itself on its journey through Four Seasons.

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CD Review
October 10, 2011

A wind quintet formed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic plays works by great Czech composers with panache and flair.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 9, 2011

Painfully memorialized, angst-filled works receive expression in Kronos Quartet’s recital.

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Artist Review
October 7, 2011

Leta Miller's book Music and Politics does what few histories or musicological studies do: offers a lively and entertaining read dealing with San Francisco's history of classical music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 5, 2011

At the helm of the San Francisco Symphony, with Joshua Bell as soloist, conductor Vasily Petrenko delivers on his program, but only half-way.

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