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!


Dance Review
November 6, 2019

The flamenco phenom and his ensemble lift spirits in a whirlwind of music, motion, and passion.

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New Music Review
November 6, 2019

Here’s a group of experienced players that give thoughtful, passionate performances of new music, and do all the little things, too.

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Recital Review
November 5, 2019

The dynamic duo shines in the César Franck Sonata at Bing.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 4, 2019

The LA Phil offers a glimpse of their upcoming tour.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 4, 2019

Contrasting works by Henry Purcell and Michael Nyman spark new sounds.

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Dance Review
November 4, 2019

The St. Petersburg company is flawless, and the work is transcendent, in a showing at Cal Performances.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2019

The thrilling new composition deserves to be in the front ranks of current orchestral repertory.

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Jazz Review
October 29, 2019

The ECM celebration at SFJAZZ sizzled with Grenadier and a set by Wadada Leo Smith and his quartet.

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Recital Review
October 29, 2019

The guitarist’s mastery spanned works from different centuries and continents.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 29, 2019

Conductor Karina Canellakis and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk easily handle works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

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