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
October 31, 2017

Alasdair Neale and Marin Symphony offer a vivid program of Tchaikovsky, Barber, and Mussorgsky.

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Chamber Music Review
October 25, 2017

Hans Abrahmsen’s hour-long meditation, Snow, anchors an entertaining program from S.F. Contemporary Music Players.

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Choral Review
October 24, 2017

Vocalists, orchestra, and conductor are in perfect synch in this intense, spiritual program.

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Recital Review
October 24, 2017

No waiting for the encores for the smiles and fun to appear: the guitarist and accordionist were on the same page from the beginning.

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Chamber Music Review
October 24, 2017

The flute-guitar-cello trio finds surprising new voices in old music and in newly minted commissions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 23, 2017

The CDMX Festival ended on a serious, new music note, with composers who are part of an international community of explorers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 23, 2017

Soloist Mayuko Kamio stands out in Khachaturian Violin Concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 23, 2017

The S.F. Symphony gave a stellar account of a 20th-century masterwork, and Joshua Roman carried Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 23, 2017

Michael Morgan, orchestra, and soloists convey a persuasive interpretation of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

Together with pianist Piotr Andreszewski and the S.F. Symphony, the Czech conductor honored the premise of the “Pursuit of Passion” program.

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