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!


CD Review
May 18, 2020

A decade’s worth of the Canadian composer’s challenging new music takes time to absorb.

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Book Review
May 18, 2020

Ian Zack’s engaging book traces the venerated singer’s artistic victory over personal struggles, rampant racism, and professional challenges.

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CD Review
May 12, 2020

The adventurous concert series celebrates the early minimalist with an inaugural CD of his challenging music.

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CD Review
May 11, 2020

Tom Cipullo and David Mason’s chamber opera celebrates the life and stark poetry of Holocaust victim Miklós Radnóti.

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CD Review
May 11, 2020

Stabat Mater reveals the diversity of the Estonian composer’s musical ideas.

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CD Review
May 5, 2020

A trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Christine Popper write originals in a different key from what you expect.

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Book Review
May 4, 2020

The former dancer’s harrowing memoir traces her journey from a promising career on the boards toward great self-fulfillment.

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CD Review
May 2, 2020

The composer’s timely, poignant work is lovingly rendered by the Oregon Symphony and guests.

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Book Review
April 25, 2020

The effervescent Israeli pianist shares insights into his long career in this intimate memoir.

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Book Review
April 24, 2020

Sophy Roberts uncovers a wealth of keyboard lore on her journey through the Russian outback in search of a piano.

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