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
 San Francisco Symphony  Musical Gallop for the Year of the Horse
February 8, 2014

The Chinese New Year concert at S.F. Symphony celebrates with music, fanfare, an illuminated dragon, and a full house providing a homecoming welcome to Alina Ming Kobialka.

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Recital REVIEW
   Brian Asawa's Unique Voice
February 7, 2014

Brian Asawa's Bay Area is return is welcoming, strong, and expressive.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Aszure Waves of Grace
February 7, 2014

Aszure Barton’s 2012 creation for seven gifted dancers — six men, one woman, her co-collaborators, comes to San Francisco Performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Berkeley Symphony   Samuel Carl Adams New Concerto Soars
February 6, 2014

An impressive performance by the Berkeley Symphony showcases a singular achievement by Samuel Carl Adams with his new concerto, one for the record books.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Perfect Performance. Problematic Brahms
February 5, 2014

The S.F. Symphony concert featuring Bringuier and Grimaud is perfectly presented in almost every way, even with a program including a hulking Brahms concerto.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Left Coast Chamber Ensemble  Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Puts On Its Game Face
February 2, 2014

A concert by the LCCE is filled with all kinds of play and 'some serious fun.'

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Finley and Drake's Willful Winter Journey
February 2, 2014

Baritone Gerald Finley produced a polished, but mannered interpretation of Schubert’s Winterreise.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Kremerata Baltica Ventures Into Weinberg's Desolate Landscapes
February 2, 2014

As part of the S.F. Symphony Great Performers Series, Kremerata Baltica stops by on its six-city tour promoting a release of some of Weinberg’s orchestral and chamber works.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Music at Kohl  Fine Music-Making From Trio Cavatina Turned Quartet
February 2, 2014

Trio Cavatina and Samuel Rhodes combined as a quartet for fine music-making at Music at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame.

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Recital REVIEW
 Steinway Society  Keyboard Wizardry From Ukraine
February 1, 2014

The poetic and insightful pianist Vadym Kholodenko delights listeners in the South Bay with works by Nicolai Medtner, Chopin, and Brahms.

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