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
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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CD Review
October 4, 2011

A canny pianist takes listeners on a rewarding journey through Bachtian fields on a CD that is at once playful and arresting.

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Chamber Music Review
October 3, 2011

A revered San Francisco institution inhabits the Difficult Music Zone, with works new and really old, but all of them challenging to ear and mind.

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Festival Review
October 2, 2011

Bluegrass, banjos, and country-and-western play to happy multitudes in Golden Gate Park.

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Recital Review
October 2, 2011

It’s “Thomas Adès Time” in the Bay Area, as the composer/pianist and the Calder Quartet perform a few of his works, ranging from lyrical and playful to formidably complex.

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CD Review
September 30, 2011

A little over a year after handsome Vittorio Grigolo turned heads and hearts with his first album, The Italian Tenor, he brings us Arrivederci. It's a demonstration of how the 31-year-old tenor’s god given instrument has naturally darkened on top while retaining its beauty.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 29, 2011

Symphony Silicon Valley launches its season on a bright note, with a Cuban-inspired work by David Amram and an outer-space adventure.

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