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 15, 2019

Soloist Carey Bell is masterful in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 15, 2019

The composer’s third David Bowie homage falls flat.

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Festival Review
January 11, 2019

Electronic explorer Pamela Z melds musical minds with dancer Christine Bonasea in a spontaneous, tour-de-force collaboration.

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Jazz Review
January 8, 2019

Joshua Redman and Ambrose Akinmusire highlight the final concert of SFJAZZ’s all-star tribute to the influential saxophonist and composer.

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Modern Classical Review
January 8, 2019

Fifty years of cutting-edge audio art stimulates the ears and imagination.

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CD Review
January 8, 2019

Six genre-defying works reveal the composer’s restless intellect.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 8, 2019

A lively new arrangement of a Mendelssohn work for two clarinets features father-and-son soloists Jon and Alec Manasse.

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Choral Review
January 8, 2019

An unusual Christmas concert of Ukrainian music, expertly performed.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 2, 2019

Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and soprano Mary Wilson provide the thrills.

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CD Review
January 2, 2019

The epic work shines in this new recording under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.

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