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
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Cleveland Orchestra Joins Forces With Jeremy Denk, Susanna Mälkki
May 1, 2015
The orchestra, conducted by Mälkki, played through pieces by Bartók, Stravinsky, and Sibelius with jolly virtuosity. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  John Eliot Gardiner Works His Magic in <em>L’Orfeo</em>
April 29, 2015
It was a delight to see conductor and musicians alike perform Monteverdi’s 1607 “favola in musica.” More about San Francisco Symphony »
Modern Classical REVIEW
   "Witness and Rebirth" Explores Armenian Genocide Through Music
April 29, 2015
The Fresno Philharmonic commemorated the centenary of the massacre at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. More »
Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 California Bach Society  An Enchanting Mix of Cal Bach and Guitar
April 28, 2015
The California Bach Society’s "An Italian Lineage" explored an intriguing mix of composers from the 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. More about California Bach Society »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Tangents Guitar Series  Tangents Guitar Series Explores Music of James Tenney
April 28, 2015
The series presents a retrospective program of music for guitars by the experimental composer. More about Tangents Guitar Series »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Elevate Ensemble  Elevate Ensemble Pushes Through Highs and Lows
April 27, 2015
Despite moments of clutter, the young collective put on a memorable performance. More about Elevate Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  Accomplished Friction Quartet Plays Adams, World Premieres
April 27, 2015
The quartet performed premieres from composers Eric Tran and Max Stoffregen at Old First Church. More about Old First Concerts »
Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  Hercules vs. Vampires? “It’s Greek to Me”
April 25, 2015
Patrick Morganelli’s operatic adaptation of the B-movie turns Italio-Grecian kitsch into modern American opera. More about Los Angeles Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Heras-Casado Leads S.F. Symphony Through Music History
April 24, 2015
The program — which explored works from Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, and Stravinsky — pit the sets of composers against each other, whether that was its intention or not. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 Green Music Center   Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Tackle Beethoven, Tchaikovsky Trios
April 22, 2015
The world-traveling trio take the "Archduke" Trio and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor at a brisk pace. More about Green Music Center »