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
February 25, 2020

Gustavo goes for the gusto with Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 in LA Phil’s welcome Ives Festival.

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Opera Review
February 25, 2020

An inevitable, last-minute staging decision distracts from an otherwise sublime production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2020

Soprano Julie Adams joins the collaborative chamber orchestra in Samuel Barber’s poignant Knoxville.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 24, 2020

The Berlin-based ensemble performs hidden gems with extraordinary verve and precise musicality.

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Recital Review
February 24, 2020

Surprise changes in the program make for a thrilling piano recital by the masterful Wang.

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Opera Review
February 24, 2020

Four Larks transforms Mary Shelley’s tale, awkwardly.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2020

Three of the restored violins take the limelight in a Vivaldi concerto.

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Dance Review
February 23, 2020

Paul Taylor’s dances are as timeless and moving as ever at the YBCA.

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Recital Review
February 18, 2020

The keyboard virtuosos know how to thrill and chill, but also how to connect intimately with their rapt listeners.

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Jazz Review
February 18, 2020

The Spanish pianist debuts his new album at Red Poppy Art House.

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