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!


New Music Review
October 10, 2019

Shamisen player Hidejiro Honjoh anchors a program that is crowned by Hiroya Miura’s dazzling mini opera.

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Jazz Review
October 8, 2019

The fearless jazz guitarist celebrates a new recording with a hot combo featuring the charango.

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Dance Review
October 8, 2019

The annual and free dance festival got off to a flying start last week.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 8, 2019

The Venezuelan conductor brings out the best in his new orchestra in wildly different works by Gustav Mahler and Mason Bates.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2019

The popular guest conductor took a refreshingly straightforward approach to major works from Tchaikovsky and Kodály.

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Recital Review
October 7, 2019

The beloved soprano ranges from intimate classics to new operatic works in recital with pianist Richard Bado.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2019

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s raucous Gershwin concerto, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring make for a summery opener at Disney Hall.

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Jazz Review
October 7, 2019

The world’s longest-running jazz festival is still tops.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
October 6, 2019

Jan Dismas Zelenka, a Bach contemporary, gets a boost from CBS’s energetic handling of one of his big works.

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Opera Review
October 6, 2019

A new chamber opera pulled from the headlines packs a wallop.

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