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
 Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts  Tomatito's Stunning Flamenco Display
March 12, 2014

Flamenco’s most-prominent guitar artist, known as Tomatito, performs with his Sextet a stunning program of contemporary music for the art form.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse  Squid Inc.: Quartet Off the Cuff
March 10, 2014

Though a mite repetitive, Squid, Inc.’s playful set at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage was full of unconventional pleasures.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Spellbinders From the Vienna Phil
March 9, 2014

The superb Vienna Philharmonic, with substitute conductor Andris Nelsons, outdoes itself with Mozart, Bruckner and Josef Strauss, even in the acoustically deficient Zellerbach Hall.

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Recital REVIEW
   Crocetto and Lomelí’s Triumphant Return
March 9, 2014

A joint recital by Leah Crocetto and David Lomelí at Weill Hall offers a golden opportunity to preview what the rest of the opera world can look forward to from the stars.

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Choral REVIEW
 Volti  Volti: Whole As One Excellence
March 8, 2014

The depths of war and the heights of peace are explored in a wide-ranging concert by the vocal ensemble Volti, under Robert Geary’s expert direction.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony in Top Shape for Tour
March 8, 2014

With some Brant, Prokofiev, and Berlioz, the S.F. Symphony readies its repertory for an extensive European tour.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Baroque: Model Ensemble
March 8, 2014

The ever-elegant Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra probes some lesser-known composers from the 17th and 18th centuries, to the usual grand effect.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Edge-of-Seat Musical Experience From St. Petersburg
March 2, 2014

In a performance full of musical suspense Yuri Temirkanov and his Saint Petersburg Philharmonic demonstrated that their musical cards are all aces.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Magnificent Mahler Partnership Reaches New Heights
March 2, 2014

The performance of Mahler's Third by the S.F. Symphony and MTT — a decades-long partnership that's created the constant challenge of playing against the highest expectations — remains a special occasion.

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Festival REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  Hot Air Music Festival: New Music Rises Up
March 2, 2014

The 5-year-old Hot Air Music Festival’s burgeoning abundance was evident in all the music on tap; old and young alike experiencing the unrivaled charge of new music heard live.

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