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
May 7, 2019

Concertos from Bach, Telemann, and Vivaldi benefit from ABS’s historically informed approach.

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Choral Review
May 7, 2019

SFBC gives us the chance to meet composer Marianna Martines.

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Modern Classical Review
May 7, 2019

The Chicago composer’s works for string quartet and trio cap wasteLAnd’s sixth season.

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Chamber Music Review
May 7, 2019

An intimate afternoon concert pairs string sextets by Frank Bridges and Brahms.

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Opera Review
May 7, 2019

Part of the composer’s seven-hour epic is performed in NYC, along with Gelsey Bell’s Within.

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Recital Review
May 6, 2019

The virtuoso cellist takes a Romantic approach to the Six Suites.

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Opera Review
May 6, 2019

Plácido Domingo spearheads L.A. Opera’s brilliant production of the zarzuela classic.

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Non-Western Classical Music Review
May 6, 2019

The latest iteration of the multicultural collaboration explores the idea of the heroic gesture.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2019

The pianist’s reading of a Shostakovich concerto brings out the best in the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 6, 2019

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a Louis Andriessen premiere and two classics at Walt Disney Hall.

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