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
October 6, 2019

Prodigy Maria Dueñas burns through Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in her debut with the SFS.

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Jazz Review
October 6, 2019

Christian McBride and Brian Blades join the pianist in an endlessly inventive set of fresh-sounding standards.

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New Music Review
October 1, 2019

There’s no lack of music about nature, but this thoughtfully designed concert brought things together in an especially pleasing way.

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New Music Review
October 1, 2019

A big, excellent idea needs more attention to practical details.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 30, 2019

A rarely performed Ernest Chausson concerto highlights a concert of gems from the 1890s.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 30, 2019

Anne Sofie von Otter shines in a Berlioz song cycle.

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CD Review
September 30, 2019

The soprano’s latest collection features works by Samuel Barber, Jake Heggie, and Gordon Getty.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 27, 2019

MTT deftly corrals the SF Symphony, Chorus, and soloists, and cellist Oliver Herbert turns in a stellar performance of Haydn.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 23, 2019

Pianist Adam Marks makes the most of an early Clara Wieck Schumann concerto.

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Dance Review
September 23, 2019

Mozart Dances reveals the strengths and weaknesses of Morris’s choreography, and the artistry of his company’s dancers.

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