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
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  An Adventurous Mozart Trip for Philharmonia Baroque
February 8, 2016
The orchestra welcomed fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as soloist in an all-Mozart program. More about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 New Century Chamber Orchestra  NCCO Celebrates Yehudi Menuhin’s Centenary with Hope
February 8, 2016
Daniel Hope joined the orchestra as guest concertmaster and principal soloist in a tribute to his mentor. More about New Century Chamber Orchestra »
Festival REVIEW
 Kronos Quartet  Only Risk Rewards at Kronos Festival
February 8, 2016
Mariana Sadovska joined Kronos in a riveting performance of her Chernobyl.The Harvest, new music that, at last, took some risks. More about Kronos Quartet »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Cal Performances  St. Louis Symphony Puts Out an Interstellar Call
February 5, 2016

Messiaen asks the orchestra to move us toward the infinite in Des Canyons aux étoiles.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Earplay  Earplay Pays Tribute to Stefan Wolpe, Midcentury Modernist
February 5, 2016

The composer’s early piano sonata and an Andrew Imbrie’s Earplay Fantasy dominated the proceedings.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 San Francisco Early Music Society  Forgotten Viennese Composers Get Some Love From Quicksilver
February 3, 2016

The greats and not-so-greats of 17th-century Vienna get a hearing thanks to the Quicksilver ensemble.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Ives Collective  The Ives Collective: Endings and Beginnings
February 2, 2016

The Ives Quartet has morphed into the Ives Collective, which began 2016 with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Gabriel Kahane’s Musical Eclecticism Mixes with Schubert at Bing
February 1, 2016
The singer-songwriter/composer joined string quartet Brooklyn Rider for a different kind of Schubertiade. More about Stanford Live »
 San Francisco Ballet  ‘Fearful Symmetries’ a Bit Off Kilter at S.F. Ballet
February 1, 2016
Liam Scarlett’s latest ballet goes exuberantly “street,” and Mark Morris’ “Drink to Me Only ...” makes a welcome return. More about San Francisco Ballet »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Offers a Vigorous Mashup of the 'Exotic East'
January 30, 2016

Conductor Edwin Outwater and pianist Stephen Hough teamed up for Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 5, and the orchestra leapt through several other Eastern-themed pieces.

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