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
January 27, 2019

Witold Lutosławski’s 50-year-old Cello Concerto has its first San Francisco performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 22, 2019

Jon Kimura Parker makes light work of a challenging Brahms piano concerto.

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Chamber Music Review
January 22, 2019

Piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms had pride of place at the San José Chamber Music Society concert.

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Jazz Review
January 22, 2019

The peerless vocalist made her run at SFJAZZ a veritable love fest.

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Chamber Music Review
January 22, 2019

Four modern works showcase the outer ranges of string technique.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 22, 2019

Works by living composers reveal the composer’s ongoing influence.

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Dance Review
January 22, 2019

Third Coast Percussion proves a quirky, perfectly apt foil for the supple dancers.

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Opera Review
January 22, 2019

Mark Adamo’s score and libretto capture the simplicity and charm of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 22, 2019

Salonen’s approach was particularly apt on a new work from Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 21, 2019

The massive symphony, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, was set off by Kaija Saariaho’s precise Trans.

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