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!


Streaming Review
November 23, 2020

Juxtaposing real-time and recorded choral sections evokes a dreamlike atmosphere contrasting intimacy and isolation.

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Recording Review
November 23, 2020

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic offer the composer’s underappreciated Symphony No. 11.

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Streaming Review
November 17, 2020

The only surviving opera by Joseph Bologne has staying power in LA Opera’s production.

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Streaming Review
November 16, 2020

The hour-long concert takes a cinematic approach to its melding of musical works with insightful commentary by Esa-Pekka Salonen, musicians, and SFS personnel.

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Streaming Review
November 16, 2020

Benjamin Britten elaborates on themes from John Dowland, while Eleanor Alberga was inspired by Bach and Brahms.

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Streaming Review
November 16, 2020

Cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns is outstanding in Max Bruch’s Canzone.

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Recording Review
November 16, 2020

A 1984 recording of Rainbow Family captures a landmark performance event pairing “live” musicians with microcomputers.

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Recording Review
November 16, 2020

Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres are spectacular in a bracing set of songs about friendship and rivalry.

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Streaming Review
November 10, 2020

Streamed from the SF Conservatory of Music, the concert was a masterclass in the art of the piano duo.

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Recording Review
November 10, 2020

The soprano’s beguiling debut CD mixes repertory and is accompanied by an eclectic combo of first-rate musicians.

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