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!


Choral REVIEW
 Volti  The Journey That Is <em>Pandora’s Gift</em>
May 20, 2015
Volti’s Pandora’s Gift, performed with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, leaves a lasting visual impression. More about Volti »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Earplay  A Mixed Bag of Premieres Ends Earplay’s 30th Anniversary Season
May 20, 2015
High level of musicianship from the Earplayers lifts up a diverse program with hits and misses. More about Earplay »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Too-Clever S.F. Symphony Performance Spoils Cage’s <em>Renga</em>
May 19, 2015
What happens when indeterminate music’s “happy accidents” are not so accidental? More about San Francisco Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 Oakland East Bay Symphony  Oakland East Bay Symphony Ends Season With Cheeky <em>Candide</em>
May 18, 2015
The symphony closes out the season with Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta. More about Oakland East Bay Symphony »
Recital REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Music@Menlo Caps Off Winter Season With “Clarinet Celebration”
May 18, 2015
Clarinetists Romie de Guise-Langlois and David Shifrin, occasionally joined by violin and piano, dazzled. More about Music@Menlo »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony: Bernstein Obscures Mahler
May 13, 2015

A lovely rendering of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is unfortunately paired with Bernstein’s brash, ostentatious Age of Anxiety.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  A Sedate Brentano Quartet Plays Vijay Iyer
May 12, 2015

The composer’s Time, Place, Action got its West Coast premiere, but stronger pieces by Debussy and Haydn received less attention from the quartet.

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Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Webern’s <em>Four Pieces</em> Nicely Breaks Up A Night of Brahms
May 12, 2015
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff offers a palate cleanser of Webern to breakup his performace of the complete Brahms violin sonatas. More about Cal Performances »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Symphony Silicon Valley Rings With Rachmaninoff's <em>Bells</em>
May 11, 2015
The symphony, with assistance from choristers, performed the Rachmaninoff masterpiece, which is based off the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Dance REVIEW
 Ballet San Jose  Ballet San Jose’s Cinderella is All Sparkle But Few Steps
May 11, 2015
The performance had all the pageantry one would expect from the classic tale, but little choreography. More about Ballet San Jose »