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
November 6, 2018

Guest concertmaster Anthony Marwood leads the ensemble in its season opener.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 6, 2018

A world premiere at the LA Phil and a significant revival at Long Beach Opera offer an intriguing overview of the composer’s ideas.

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Dance Review
November 5, 2018

The new work explores coming together and apart, disconnectedly.

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Chamber Music Review
November 5, 2018

From Haydn to contemporary Brazil, the two musicians were obviously simpatico.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 5, 2018

A concert that at once recounts the brutality of slavery while embracing the musical cultures it brought together.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 30, 2018

Music Director Alasdair Neale leads a program of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

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Chamber Music Review
October 30, 2018

An international ensemble tracks the multiple influences shaping music in the royal courts of Europe.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
October 30, 2018

Percussive strings raise the roof, but a humble recorder brings down the house.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2018

Guest conductor Carlos Vieu shares the limelight with fellow Argentinian, soprano Daniela Tabernig.

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Modern Classical Review
October 29, 2018

Impeccable performances lifted a range of musical ideas — fresh and otherwise — at the biennial Rubin Institute concert.

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