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!


Recording Review
June 28, 2020

Ma reunites with a trio of expert bluegrass players on a new CD.

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Recording Review
June 28, 2020

The composer’s latest major work is a symphony on par with Mahler’s Eighth.

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Recording Review
June 22, 2020

The superb soprano is in her prime on this charming collection of French art songs.

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Recording Review
June 21, 2020

Prokofiev delights in blurring boundaries in his quest to bring classical music into the 21st century.

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Recording Review
June 15, 2020

Soprano Anna Prohaska and pianist Julius Drake make devilishly great music inspired by the Adam and Eve myth.

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Recording Review
June 15, 2020

Fans and scholars will appreciate this premiere recording of a long-lost composition from the composer’s early days.

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Recording Review
June 15, 2020

Three single-movement sonatas highlight the pianist’s formidable range on a sparkling new recording.

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Book Review
June 8, 2020

Written especially for women survivors of violence, the interactive e-book provides lessons and ideas of value to anyone.

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Recording Review
June 8, 2020

Soprano Sandrine Piau and countertenor Christopher Lowrey are sublime.

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Recording Review
June 6, 2020

Anna Clyne’s concerto, composed for soloist Inbal Segev, makes an impression.

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