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 Music Review
November 13, 2019

In a Cal Performances concert that seemed designed to push contrasts, you came away with a sense of the quartet’s remarkable unanimity.

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New Music Review
November 12, 2019

After more than 50 years, the iconoclast composer’s five-part opera is given its first full reading.

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New Music Review
November 12, 2019

Finding roses among the thorns with L.A.’s new-music mavens.

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Jazz Review
November 12, 2019

The band of jazz virtuosos goes full tilt on a wide-ranging set that brings out the best in each player.

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Opera Review
November 12, 2019

The singers are superb, but the production’s temperature is curiously cool.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 12, 2019

Every detail of the performances elicited the underlying spirit of these Baroque masterworks.

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Chamber Music Review
November 11, 2019

A lost Shostakovich piano trio emerges in “Art Under a Tombstone.”

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New Music Review
November 8, 2019

Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution and the premiere of Sky Macklay’s Swarm Collecting highlight a diverse program.

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Dance Review
November 6, 2019

The flamenco phenom and his ensemble lift spirits in a whirlwind of music, motion, and passion.

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New Music Review
November 6, 2019

Here’s a group of experienced players that give thoughtful, passionate performances of new music, and do all the little things, too.

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