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
 Oberlin Conservatory of Music  Oberlin’s <em>La finta giardiniera</em> Goes Down the Rabbit Hole
March 20, 2015
The cast, mostly made up of bunnies, delivered spectacle with a rare irreverence that was delightful to behold. A review from SFCV's Emerging Writer Program. More about Oberlin Conservatory of Music »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Denk and St. Martin’s Dazzle at Davies with Stravinsky and Bach
March 20, 2015
The chamber orchestra and pianist Jeremy Denk unite for a memorable performance. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Recital REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Improv and Originality: Charlie Albright Makes Impressive S.F. Debut
March 18, 2015

A young pianist dares to depart from the score and makes his points strongly, a la Glenn Gould.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Earplay  Earplay Excels in Quiet Celebration
March 18, 2015
The new music dynamo continues its anniversary season by focusing on the legacies of local composers. More about Earplay »
Dance REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Joffrey Ballet: An Eclectic Troupe's Modern Trip
March 17, 2015

The ever-cutting edge company has a ball with new works by Ekman, Caniparoli, Welch, and Possokhov.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Symphony Silicon Valley  Symphony Silicon Valley Showcases "Gentleman" Shostakovich
March 17, 2015
Program takes a pleasing look at the cheerful and half-serious sides of the composer. More about Symphony Silicon Valley »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Cal Performances  Navigating the Shifting Seas of Boulez’ Solo Compositions
March 17, 2015

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich successfully steer through the composer’s most challenging works.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony, Ton Koopman Party with Haydn
March 17, 2015

The Dutch conductor’s work with the San Francisco Symphony leads to remarkable results.

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Modern Classical REVIEW
 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Tanya Tagaq Creates Mesmerizing Score for Nanook
March 17, 2015

The Inuit throat singer brings emotional depth to the landmark 1922 documentary.

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Early Music/Baroque REVIEW
 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  Philharmonia Surprises with a Variety of Vivaldi
March 16, 2015

It takes an orchestra as good as Philharmonia Baroque and a soloist like Rachel Podger to showcase Vivaldi’s protean imagination.

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