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
January 21, 2019

The massive symphony, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, was set off by Kaija Saariaho’s precise Trans.

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Recital Review
January 19, 2019

Soprano Julia Bullock’s revelatory one-woman show blazes with insight and emotion, and the soprano’s own power.

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Recital Review
January 19, 2019

Vicki Ray and Carole Kim manipulate time in Los Angeles.

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Modern Classical Review
January 18, 2019

At Monday Evening Concerts, music by Julius Eastman and Sarah Hennies makes an interesting pairing.

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Chamber Music Review
January 18, 2019

Despite the title, “The Edge of Jazz” plays more to the concert hall than to the swinging bandstand.

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Recital Review
January 15, 2019

Moments of transcendence graced Padmore’s S.F. Performances recital with pianist Paul Lewis, but there could have been more.

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Modern Classical Review
January 15, 2019

The sacred and the profane meld in a spirited revival of the composer’s work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 15, 2019

Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong shows his stuff in symphonies from Mozart and Mahler.

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Jazz Review
January 15, 2019

Fireworks fly when the Japanese-born pianist and her supple band explore the intersection of jazz and classical music.

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Modern Classical Review
January 15, 2019

Violinist Nadia Sirota hosts the first Living Music LIVE! program, a live podcast on stage in Los Angeles.

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