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!


Choral Review
May 9, 2017

Brilliant vocal soloists and solid playing from a group of new faces in the ABS orchestra enlivened Handel's oratorio.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2017

California Symphony contrasted Visconti’s lyrical concerto with big-boned, dramatic works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 9, 2017

Charles Dutoit elicited powerful, emotional music from an augmented S.F. Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 8, 2017

Bass Denis Sedov and the Bay Area Men’s Chorus collaborate in Shostakovich’s masterful setting of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s Holocaust epic.

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Recital Review
May 4, 2017

The solo cellist presented strong works by Augusta Thomas Read, Missy Mazzoli, Anna Clyne, and Gity Razaz.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2017

One of Richard Strauss’s less-performed symphonic poems pairs with Igor Levit’s masterful Schumann performance.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

The trio’s peerless musicianship and their unusual combination of cello, bass, and mandolin result in fresh interpretations of classic material.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

The intrepid ensemble explores the fringes of music and the universe with a world premiere and three recent compositions.

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Opera Review
May 2, 2017

Decades of imagining and four years of “construction” culminate in a splendid production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin pair up in a fiery repertoire.

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