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!


Recording Review
October 12, 2020

The chamber group and guests present three commissions setting haunting poetry by Paul Celan and Czeslaw Miłosz.

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Streaming Review
October 12, 2020

A streamed concert spotlights Jiji’s fresh repertory and sparkling performance style.

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Recording Review
October 12, 2020

The violin virtuoso shines in an eclectic recital recorded at home with a handful of gifted cohorts.

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Recording Review
October 12, 2020

Conductor Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now shine on a Dimitri Mitropoulos rarity.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 6, 2020

The orchestra served up dramatically different soundscapes in the first two episodes, ranging from somber and brooding to upbeat and festive.

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Chamber Music Review
October 5, 2020

Livestreamed from The Midway SF, the concert highlighted delightfully varied chamber works by three African Amercian composers.

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Opera Review
October 5, 2020

The presentation may have been folksy, but the power couple delivered serious operatic artistry in their online recital.

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Recording Review
October 3, 2020

A new recording captures the music if not the drama of Ricky Ian Gordon’s chamber opera.

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Chamber Music Review
September 27, 2020

Flutist Stacey Pelinka starred in the concert, streamed Sept. 21.

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Recording Review
September 25, 2020

Sarah Kirkland Snider uses the traditional form for new musical ideas in her hymn to Earth and its inhabitants.

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