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!


Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque Explores Music of Bach's Cousins
February 10, 2015

Bach's musical cousins got a highly satisfactory hearing from the historical performance specialists.

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Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  <em>Ghosts of Versailles</em> Back From the Dead
February 10, 2015

Los Angeles Opera breathes new life into John Corigliano’s brilliant, if overlong, opera.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
   Corey Dargel Doles Out Easygoing Ironies in Song
February 9, 2015

The indie-classical composer’s quirky, trademark style gets a few new twists in his latest song collection.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Santa Rosa Symphony  Bandoneón and Orchestra Partner Uneasily in New Concerto
February 9, 2015

Star Argentine bandoneónist J.P. Jofre played brilliantly in a world premiere by UC Davis composer Pablo Ortiz.

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CD REVIEW
   Netrebko's <em>Four Last Songs</em> Comes Up Short
February 6, 2015

Not a contender among so many great recorded interpretations of the songs, but Netrebko is backed by a marvelous orchestra and conductor who know their Strauss.

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Choral REVIEW
 San Francisco Girls Chorus  S.F. Girls Chorus: Maturity Beyond Their Years
February 5, 2015

Hearing is believing: The Girls Chorus comes prepared to knock your socks off, and it usually succeeds.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Jazz  So Percussion Is So Entertaining At SFJAZZ
February 5, 2015

Ingratiating, swinging, but also refined and transparent, So Percussion were at the top of their game in their Bay Area concerts.

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Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Polenzani Hits All the Right Notes in Berkeley Recital
February 3, 2015

Powerful American tenor Matthew Polenzani knocked a delightfully eccentric program out of the (First Congregational) Church in Berkeley Saturday night.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Del Sol String Quartet  Del Sol Quartet: Sounding Out
February 3, 2015

The Del Sol Quartet uses a new format to demystify and explore new music with an audience.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Empyrean Ensemble  Empyrean Ensemble Debuts Works By Melinda Wagner
February 3, 2015

The Empyrean Ensemble presented new works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Melinda Wagner and UC Davis composers at the 2015 Music and Words Festival.

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