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 Music Review
September 10, 2011

Concerts around the Bay Area often achieve an incredibly high quality. We should go to more of them, to experience things outside our comfort zone.

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Opera Review
September 10, 2011

Like a well-trained infantryperson, Heart of a Soldier triumphed in its first battle with opera’s ultimate enemy, public indifference: Patrons greeted the premiere in the War Memorial Opera House with a sustained standing ovation.

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CD Review
September 9, 2011

A superb conductor leads a knockout cast in Rossini’s final opera, replete with his typical vocal fireworks.

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Opera Review
September 9, 2011

In a striking production of Turandot the S.F. Opera and cast more than fulfill the promise of greatness.

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Festival Review
September 3, 2011

At the Days and Nights Festival, Philip Glass conjures distinct sound colors as his musical fingerprint in music heavy on the synthesized organs.

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CD Review
September 2, 2011

Steve Reich’s tribute to those who died at Ground Zero involves prerecorded speech and evokes emotions of sadness and transcendence.

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CD Review
August 30, 2011

Trinity College Choir’s pure, warm vocalism distinguishes its disc of a cappella works, most of them explicitly Christian, by eight North American composers.

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CD Review
August 23, 2011

It was well worth the wait, to hear the Pražák Quartet’s fleet take on the Borodin Second Quartet.

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Opera Review
August 20, 2011

The Grand Finale of the Merolini serves as a coming-out party for singers who may rise to the top of the operatic world or settle in the middle ranks.

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Festival Review
August 19, 2011

Carmel’s new Days and Nights Festival embraces the idea of repetition, with brilliantly played works by founder Philip Glass, Schubert, and Shostakovich

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