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!


Recital REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Ian Bostridge Goes to War at Berkeley’s Hertz Hall
April 13, 2015
The English tenor lent his voice to dark material at a performance of “The Music and Poetry of the Great War.” More about Cal Performances »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Mostly Mozart With a Touch of Modern at Stanford
April 13, 2015
The Australian Chamber Orchestra performed Mozart, Haydn, and a work by Jonny Greenwood, better known as the guitarist from Radiohead. More about Stanford Live »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Joshua Bell Joins S.F. Symphony for Passionate Tchaikovsky Concerto
April 13, 2015
The violinist was virtuosic as ever, leaving the audience begging for an encore. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  Donizetti’s Poliuto Stands Tall in West Edge Performance
April 7, 2015

A well-played revival makes a convincing case for a rare opera.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players  Percussion Music Wraps Up Project Ten-Fourteen
April 7, 2015

The S.F. Contemporary Music Players' season-long series of ten commissioned works reflecting on the human condition comes to an inspired close.

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Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Conservatory of Music  All-American <em>L'Elisir</em> Charms at S.F. Conservatory
April 7, 2015

Donizetti's buoyant comedy was transposed to 1950s America in Jose Maria Condemi's staging for Conservatory Opera Theatre.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Feddeck and SFS Phenomenal in Bruckner’s Eighth
March 31, 2015
Guest conductor James Feddeck leads the San Francisco Symphony in a fantastic debut. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts  Violin and Guitar With a South American Flair
March 31, 2015
Violinist Hye-jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz performed music from Brazil and Argentina at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. More about Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Redwood Symphony  Redwood Symphony Tackles “Masterworks of Form”
March 30, 2015
The volunteer orchestra turns out a pleasing performance of serious works by Sibelius and Bartók and a humorous original composition. More about Redwood Symphony »
Recital REVIEW
 Green Music Center   Faster than a Speeding Bullet
March 30, 2015
Gil Shaham may play the violin at superhuman speeds, but his performance of Bach's complete sonatas and partitas lost a lot in translation. More about Green Music Center »