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
 Sacramento Opera  A Grand Case for Drama in Opera, Not Sacramento
February 28, 2014

The Sacramento Opera has taken a vital step in the right direction with Il trovatore, breaking with the drama in company's recent past.

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Choral REVIEW
 American Bach Soloists  Bach's Herculean Instinct: Refresh
February 23, 2014

The American Bach Soloists, conducted with excellence by Jeffrey Thomas program works that demonstrate Bach's mastery of "parody" — making things old new again.

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Recital REVIEW
 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series  What's Love Got to Do With It?
February 23, 2014

Schwabacher Debut Recitals are tricky business; singers can be challenged to explore a range of colors and depth of intimacy to which their still-developing technique may not be ideally suited.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   Finesse and Elegance From the Escher Quartet
February 22, 2014

For a young ensemble, the Escher Quartet plays with exceptional sensitivity and refinement.

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Dance REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Seamless Unity, One Message: Dance
February 22, 2014

It’s rare to see dancers perform not only gorgeously but with such seamless unity as the Cedar Lake Ballet.

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Choral REVIEW
   Cappella SF Takes Flight
February 22, 2014

Superb singing launches the new ensemble Capella SF into the stratosphere of vocal music, as it ranges over the centuries up to today.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Chamber Orchestra  Fate as Music, Storytelling as Muse
February 22, 2014

The S.F. Chamber Orchestra's presents Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat and Stephen Saxon’s Luck or Wisdom? as a musical meditation on human fate.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts  SoloDuo Guitarists Break Barriers
February 22, 2014

SoloDuo, a pair of Italian guitarists provided rare and elegant entertainment, with new, and unusual repertory.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  When Everything is Wonderful at the Symphony
February 21, 2014

Delights to be had at the S.F. Symphony’s current outing include cellist Alisa Weilerstein and conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, playing Haydn and Olympic-skaters-timely Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ballet  The Memory of Dance, on Fire
February 20, 2014

The S.F. Ballet launched its second mixed bill of the season with a tasty buffet that included Natalia Makarova's La Bayadère included Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird.

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