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!


Opera Review
October 17, 2017

Superb singing and playing transcend lackluster acting and staging in this challenging opera.

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Chamber Music Review
October 17, 2017

The veteran ensemble champions new and vintage works for the modern brass quintet.

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Chamber Music Review
October 16, 2017

The cellist and performer/composer collaborate in a fresh, wide-ranging program.

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Chamber Music Review
October 11, 2017

Mieczyslaw Weinberg is having a moment of rediscovery. Is his music worth it?

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Chamber Music Review
October 10, 2017

Stravinsky’s century-old piece still resonates with more power and urgency than the contemporary works it inspired.

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Recital Review
October 10, 2017

The Cliburn-winning pianist brought fresh insight and nuance to familiar repertoire.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 10, 2017

Contender Francesco Lecce-Chong acquits himself best on sprightly material from Bates and Beethoven.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 10, 2017

Strong soloists and Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque gave their all in a flawed work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 10, 2017

BSO’s music director led the orchestra and cello through a program of impressive firsts.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 9, 2017

The young violinist plays a thrilling Mendelssohn concerto in perfect synch with the S.F. Symphony

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