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
 'Twas the Night Before Christmas  Czech Philharmonic Brings Dvorák's <em>Stabat Mater</em> to Berkeley
November 9, 2014

It took the Czech Philharmonic to bring a major, underperformed Dvořák masterpiece to Berkeley, and the orchestra played it for all its worth.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Wind Ensemble  San Francisco Wind Ensemble Opens “Colossal” Third Season
November 9, 2014
The San Francisco Wind Ensemble showed maturity beyond its years in a performance of Ferrer Ferrán's, Symphony No. 4, “El Coloso.” Read the review. More about San Francisco Wind Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Festival of New American Music  Festival of New American Music at CSU
November 8, 2014
The opening night of the 2014 Festival of New Music hits off with Loadbang, pianist Lara Downes, and percussion ensemble Rootstock Trio at Sacramento State campus. More about Festival of New American Music »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Oakland East Bay Symphony  Brubeck & Saint-James’ <em>Brothers in Arts</em>
November 8, 2014
Interesting programming and a live performance of Chris Brubeck and Guillaume Saint-James’ Brothers in Arts herald an interesting season for the Oakland East Bay Symphony. More about Oakland East Bay Symphony »
Dance REVIEW
 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  Batsheva's Human Machines Captivate
November 7, 2014

Attention must be paid to Israeli dance group, Batsheva, which performed captivating feats of balance, elevation, and extension at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Los Angeles Philharmonic  Rattling Disney Hall to the Rafters
November 7, 2014

A program from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic titled “in/Sight” features an inaugurate a five-concert series of video artist collaborations shakes the Disney Hall Rafters.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony's Ravel in Technicolor
November 7, 2014

S.F. Symphony kicks off its American tour with Ravel’s full “choreographic symphony in three parts” drawn from his 1912 ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, featuring Gil Shaham as soloist.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Orpheus: A Constant Whole In One
November 5, 2014

New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra works its considerable magic sans conductor, perfectly coordinated and brilliantly with one voice.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Hagen Quartet Has Its Day in San Francisco
November 3, 2014

The Hagen Quartet of Austria plays a program of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms in a performance presented by San Francisco Performances.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 'Twas the Night Before Christmas  <em>Zones of Influence</em>: Beats Evolve at REDCAT
November 3, 2014
At the Cal Arts REDCAT theater in Los Angeles, David Rosenboom and percussionist William Winant performed a technologically updated version of Zones of Influence. More about 'Twas the Night Before Christmas »