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
February 3, 2020

With Giancarlo Guerrero wielding the baton, the Polish orchestra excels in a concert of works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 3, 2020

The great viol player leads a program of Baroque Spanish theater music at Cal Performances.

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Opera Review
February 3, 2020

Matthew Aucoin more than fulfills his promise as LAO’s first composer-in-residence.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 3, 2020

The conductor laureate elicits a nuanced performance of this underperformed gem from the SF Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 28, 2020

The musicians capture the high energy of Beethoven’s early compositions.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 28, 2020

The violinist and orchestra are at their finest in Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 27, 2020

Christopher Alden’s intense staging befits the Baroque serenata’s violent tale of a disastrous love triangle.

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Chamber Music Review
January 27, 2020

Bach has the strongest pulse in this curiously quiet concert of mostly new works.

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Recital Review
January 27, 2020

The Telegraph Quartet joins Bleckmann in a lineup of dark cabaret numbers at SF Performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 26, 2020

Sergey Khachatryan earns his spotlight turn in the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

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