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!


Opera Review
November 7, 2017

Great performances mark Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s ambitious program of two new Kurt Rhode operas.

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Opera Review
November 6, 2017

Brilliant design and direction support a superb cast and an outstanding performance by tenor Michael Fabiano.

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Chamber Music Review
November 3, 2017

Tod Browning’s classic film is more camp than creepy, but Philip Glass’s score still engages the imagination.

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Choral Review
October 31, 2017

Pitch-perfect performances blend seamlessly in a program spanning the centuries.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 31, 2017

An airy afternoon of dances and a Bach concerto ends with Bartók’s spirited and spooky Divertimento.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 31, 2017

Orchestra and conductor were in top form, but Latvian violinist Baiba Skride stole the show.

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Choral Review
October 31, 2017

A mostly somber Día de los Muertos program casts the limelight on choral works by Latin American composers.

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Chamber Music Review
October 31, 2017

Echoes of 19th-century American music permeate works by George Crumb and Caroline Shaw.

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Recital Review
October 31, 2017

High modernism is alive and well and cellist Karttunen brought some fine, new examples to Cal Performances.

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Chamber Music Review
October 31, 2017

The pianist with deep ties to the county and the string quartet brought music back to the Green Music Center.

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