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!


Early Music/Baroque Review
April 7, 2020

Bach wrote a bunch of good tunes. Wouldn’t you like to hear some about now?

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 6, 2020

Pianist Kirill Gerstein delights in a recording of a playful new Adès concerto.

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CD Review
March 30, 2020

Anne Sofie von Otter, Dashon Burton, and Avery Amereau give voice to Shaw’s The Listeners and Is a Rose.

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CD Review
March 27, 2020

A new CD offers a glimpse of the composer’s much-postponed multimedia collaboration with poet Saul Williams on issues of gentrification.

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CD Review
March 27, 2020

The new disc from the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge offers restorative music by Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks, and James MacMillan.

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CD Review
March 24, 2020

The orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas lends a helping hand to anyone who’s ever been perplexed by Ives’s symphonies.

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CD Review
March 24, 2020

The jazz singer’s lyrics on Secrets Are the Best Stories reveal his roots in divinity school.

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New Music Review
March 10, 2020

The “spoken-word chamber opera” created with Kronos Quartet and Youth Speaks lays out a vision of San Francisco through poetry and personal narrative.

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Dance Review
March 10, 2020

The Joffrey Ballet offers a sea of delights at Cal Performances.

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Recital Review
March 9, 2020

The online-only recital features spirited renditions of modern American songs.

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