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!


Recording Review
July 20, 2020

English songs of longing and loss find a perfect voice in the gifted tenor on this new disc.

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Chamber Music Review
July 14, 2020

San Diego’s Mainly Mozart brings live classical music back with a pair of free drive-in concerts.

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Recording Review
July 13, 2020

The Lorelei Ensemble sings Lang’s updated setting of the Tristan and Isolde story with elegance and conviction.

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Recording Review
July 13, 2020

The composer melds voices, cello, and electronics in works based on texts from three poets.

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Streaming Review
July 13, 2020

Three young Russian piano stars perform recently discovered pieces in a joint recital.

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New Music Review
July 7, 2020

C4NM and Transgender Cultural District host a forum on finding equity in the arts for all.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
July 6, 2020

Heading a fine cast, McGegan leads an all-out, theatrical, and musically detailed performance of Handel’s oratorio.

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Musical Theater Review
July 6, 2020

Disney+ released the remarkable film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical earlier than planned, and we should all be grateful.

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Recording Review
July 3, 2020

The Italian composer/pianist recorded his moving, tuneful originals on an iPhone.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 29, 2020

The orchestra and a host of guest artists send off MTT in grand, virtual fashion.

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