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
 Berkeley Symphony   Heggie's <em>Camille Claudel</em> Triumphs at Berkeley Symphony
March 3, 2015

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke scored a major success in the orchestrated version of Heggie's song cycle.

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Opera REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Love Rules All in Graham Recital
March 3, 2015

Mezzo Susan Graham was inspiring in an afternoon of art songs about romantic love.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  S.F. Ballet's Destiny is “Manifest”
March 2, 2015

The Ballet's third repertory program had a premiere from a 24-year-old, among a set of varied, beautifully danced works.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Jose Chamber Music Society  Auryn Quartet Brings Beethoven Cycle to Powerful Close
February 26, 2015

The brilliant last quartets combined with some of Beethoven's earliest in two exhilarating concerts.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 San Francisco Early Music Society  Dark Horse Consort Resurrects Early Brass Music
February 25, 2015

The surprisingly grateful combination of voice and early brass instruments was the focus of a delicious concert of early 17th-century music.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Cal Performances Review Hespèrion XXI: Splendor from Istanbul
February 24, 2015

Jordi Savall continues his magical odyssey through the musical world of historical Istanbul.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Chamber Orchestra  Soloists Rule with S.F. Chamber Orchestra
February 24, 2015

A Maria Schneider song cycle and Schumann’s Piano Concerto were enlivened by soloists Lara Slotwiner-Nie and Lara Downes.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony and Chorus Sublime in Brahms Requiem
February 24, 2015

Conductor Emeritus Herbert Blomstedt led a deeply felt performance and Ragnar Bohlin’s chorus shone.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players  Music Exploring the Human Condition Animates Project TenFourteen
February 24, 2015

In the third installment of a year-long project, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players offered two excellent premieres inspired by death and loss.

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Dance REVIEW
 Ballet San Jose  Ballet San Jose Sharp in Season Debut
February 24, 2015

A practically perfect Fancy Free, highlighted the company's repertory season opener.

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