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!


Opera Review
March 1, 2017

A program of contemporary excerpts reveals both rough edges and refined ideas.

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Choral Review
February 28, 2017

Religious music for the Lenten season, sung with grace and mature expression.

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Chamber Music Review
February 28, 2017

The plight of Appalachian coal miners is revealed through powerful music and stark imagery.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 28, 2017

Violinist Leila Josefowicz is masterful in one of the composer’s finest scores.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 28, 2017

Michael Morgan’s unusual program was inspired by Native American music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 21, 2017

S.F. Symphony delivers the imposing oratorio in a fitting celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 21, 2017

The piano phenom offers fiery renditions of two long, very different concertos.

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Dance Review
February 17, 2017

Batsheva Dance Company goes Gaga without apologies.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 14, 2017

The highlights, including a rare chaconne by Marin Marais, stuck with you.

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Recital Review
February 14, 2017

The French pianist offers surprising insights into works by Ravel and Medtner.

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