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 20, 2018

Los Angeles Opera offers an alternative fairy tale for the holidays.

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Chamber Music Review
November 20, 2018

Brilliant performances often outshine the material in this program featuring three premieres.

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Chamber Music Review
November 19, 2018

The quartet searches for the intersection of Beethoven and four new commissions in “Healing Modes.”

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 19, 2018

A program that also features Beethoven’s “Eroica” is profoundly personal and often moving.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 19, 2018

The world premiere of Richard Marriott’s Ghost Ship Concerto headlines the somber program.

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Modern Classical Review
November 17, 2018

Susanna Mälkki showcases avant-garde works from five European composers.

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Choral Review
November 17, 2018

A deluxe set captures the highpoints and variations in the revered ensemble’s marvelous sound over the decades.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 13, 2018

The storied orchestra returns to San Francisco with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and an all-Dvořák program.

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Chamber Music Review
November 13, 2018

Two 19th-century literary heroes and their impact on Romantic music.

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Modern Classical Review
November 13, 2018

The electronic-music pioneer’s work continues to fascinate and confound.

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