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
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony and Chorus Sublime in Brahms Requiem
February 24, 2015

Conductor Emeritus Herbert Blomstedt led a deeply felt performance and Ragnar Bohlin’s chorus shone.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players  Music Exploring the Human Condition Animates Project TenFourteen
February 24, 2015

In the third installment of a year-long project, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players offered two excellent premieres inspired by death and loss.

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Dance REVIEW
 Ballet San Jose  Ballet San Jose Sharp in Season Debut
February 24, 2015

A practically perfect Fancy Free, highlighted the company's repertory season opener.

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Opera REVIEW
 Opera Parallèle  Opera Parallele Does Right By <em>Dead Man Walking</em>
February 23, 2015

The small company comes up trumps with a compelling production of the modern-day masterpiece.

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Recital REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Tenor Brian Jagde Beyond Impressive in Mondavi Recital
February 22, 2015
The American tenor masters every moment in his spectacular solo recital debut. More about Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Rotterdam Philharmonic: The Other Great Dutch Orchestra
February 19, 2015

On its U.S. tour, the orchestra delivered unequivocal proof that it is a fantastic ensemble, and that Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a phenomenal conductor.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Connects With Students
February 19, 2015

Dixon High School students give their take on this concert, part of SFCV's Write On! program.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Stanford Celebrates Haydn at Bing Hall with Academic-minded Program
February 19, 2015
Stanford musicians and guests perform Haydn’s first and final symphony, written in the same key, 36 years apart. More about Stanford Live »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Live at Mission Blue  Masters of Historical Performance Thrill at Mission Blue
February 17, 2015

Three great musicians played familiar and unfamiliar works to great effect on Saturday.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Bay Opera  A Lively <em>Seraglio</em> from West Bay Opera
February 16, 2015

The Palo Alto-based company offers up a mostly pleasing, musically erratic Abduction from the Seraglio

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