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
November 4, 2019

Contrasting works by Henry Purcell and Michael Nyman spark new sounds.

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Dance Review
November 4, 2019

The St. Petersburg company is flawless, and the work is transcendent, in a showing at Cal Performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2019

The thrilling new composition deserves to be in the front ranks of current orchestral repertory.

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Jazz Review
October 29, 2019

The ECM celebration at SFJAZZ sizzled with Grenadier and a set by Wadada Leo Smith and his quartet.

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Recital Review
October 29, 2019

The guitarist’s mastery spanned works from different centuries and continents.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2019

Conductor Karina Canellakis and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk easily handle works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2019

Mehta, Salonen, and Dudamel join forces in a concert celebrating the ensemble’s history.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2019

An intriguing bill combines David Amram’s new double concerto with rarities from Lili Boulanger and a Rachmaninoff classic.

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New Music Review
October 28, 2019

Montgomery draws on hometown collaborators, in a concert of new string and vocal music presented by the Metropolis Ensemble.

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Recital Review
October 27, 2019

Pianist Gerold Huber’s perfect accompaniment reflects the duo’s three decades of musical partnership.

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