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
April 2, 2019

The U.S. premiere of a Samuel Adams concerto grosso highlights a gentle concert.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2019

Making the difficult seem easy is what the pianist does best, as his Davies Hall recital demonstrated.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2019

Juxtaposing the composer’s early and late styles made for effective contrasts as well as interesting interpretive choices.

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Opera Review
April 2, 2019

Kaminsky’s strong music is the focal point of Opera Parallèle’s world-premiere production.

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Modern Classical Review
April 2, 2019

Two contemporary composers obliterate preconceptions about music and the objects – and people – making it.

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Modern Classical Review
April 2, 2019

Two experimental artists in their first collaboration make a challenging, surprising piece.

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Dance Review
April 2, 2019

Liam Scarlett’s Isle of the Dead is forceful and virtuosic in its world premiere.

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Choral Review
April 2, 2019

Ragnar Bohlin elicits the raw urgency Bach’s masterwork requires.

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Chamber Music Review
April 1, 2019

The unusual pairing of violin and guitar works out with two virtuosi sharing the Weill Hall stage at the Green Music Center.

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Dance Review
March 29, 2019

Brilliant dancing isn’t enough to rescue S.F Ballet’s world premiere of a new Yuri Possokhov work.

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