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
 Marin Symphony  Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored by Marin Symphony
January 21, 2014

The Marin Symphony’s “American Dream” program, which featured music and Noah Griffin reading King’s stirring words, for results that were excellent and powerful.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Performances  Of Body and Soul in Compelling Dance
January 19, 2014

Glorious dancing to a seeming musical puzzle is the signature of Random Dance’s Far, the London company seen at Yerba Buena Gardens.

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Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  Thrilling Flights in Rare Rossini
January 19, 2014

A packed house greets the West Edge Opera’s concert performance of Rossini’s early opera, Elizabeth, Queen of England; rarely performed, but well-done here.

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Recital REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Audra McDonald Conquers (Again)
January 18, 2014

The Broadway-based chanteuse worked her magic at Bing Concert Hall, in a program that mixed the new and challenging, with nearly forgotten songs from the classic era of American popular song.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
   A Rare Treat: Beethoven Sonatas, Early Revelations
January 18, 2014

The presentation of a cycle of all 10 of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano is a rare enough treat; on period instruments an even a rarer one.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Kronos Anniversary: An Encore for Trends They Fostered
January 15, 2014

For a 40th-anniversary concert the players of the Kronos Quartet took the opportunity to look back at some of the contemporary trends the group has fostered over the years.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  Superb Renditions of Beethoven, Bates
January 15, 2014

The SFS Chorus impresses with its articulation, crispness, and attention to accent, sharply supervised and judiciously paced by MTT.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Old First Concerts  A New Golden Era for Chamber Music?
January 12, 2014

In martha & monica’s concert at Old First Church, contemporary composers held their own against heavy hitters from 100 and 200 years ago.

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Chamber Music REVIEW
 Stanford Live  Farewell to St. John of St. Lawrence
January 12, 2014

The estimable St. Lawrence Quartet gives a fine send-off to a departing violinist, playing an intriguing all-Czech program.

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Festival REVIEW
   When the Score Is Golden
January 11, 2014

The Gold Rush, whose score Charlie Chaplin composed and recorded, was one of the drawing cards of the S.F. Film Festival, with music played by the S.F. Chamber Orchestra.

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