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!


Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Choral Awesomeness: <em>Carmina</em>, Symphony Silicon Valley
March 22, 2014

A superbly vital performance of Carmina Burana is the centerpiece of a rousing concert by Symphony Silicon Valley and several choruses.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Left Coast Chamber Ensemble  Left Coast's Stories
March 22, 2014

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble played a concert with stories both personal and universal, in a concert that embraced widely diverse music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   A Musical Crossing Seas Apart
March 21, 2014

In a joint presentation of a program seas apart, the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chanticleer set out to explore the rich musical era between the two world wars.

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Recital REVIEW
   The Ever-Evergreen Evgeny Kissin
March 20, 2014

The notion that a former child prodigy does not grow past earlier fame was dispelled in a long-awaited solo recital by Evgeny Kissin at Davies Symphony Hall.

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Dance REVIEW
 ODC Dance Company  The Boulders and the Beautiful
March 20, 2014

The ODC Dance Company’s opening-night work, boulders and bones, the second choreographic collaboration between Brenda Way and KT Nelson is a don't-miss trifecta of dance, music, and visual arts.

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Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Christopher Maltman Soldiers On
March 16, 2014

War’s savagery is vocally painted in beautifully rendered emotion, in British baritone Christopher Maltman’s songs-of-a-soldier program.

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Opera REVIEW
  Long Beach Opera <em>Klinghoffer</em> Sings Again at Long Beach Opera
March 15, 2014

A moving, masterful production of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer raises vital political and religious issues that refuse to die.

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Recital REVIEW
   Natalie Dessay's Foray Into Song
March 15, 2014

Natalie Dessay’s recital in Davies Symphony Hall showcases the singer's considerable gifts while also evincing some vocal decline.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cypress String Quartet   Response When Cypress Quartet Calls? Success
March 14, 2014

The annual Call & Response concert from the Cypress String Quartet and its educational mission is a success.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
  Los Angeles Philharmonic Growth and Finesse From the L.A. Philharmonic
March 12, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel’s artistic growth has raised the L.A. Philharmonic to a new level, as evidenced in its Davies Hall concerts. But Yuja Wang’s playing was far too spiky.

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