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
April 9, 2019

POP’s striking new production features a bilingual libretto.

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Chamber Music Review
April 9, 2019

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center boasts acoustics designed by famed Yasuhisa Toyota.

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Chamber Music Review
April 9, 2019

Ensemble for These Times provides live music for experimental projections and film clips.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 2, 2019

The U.S. premiere of a Samuel Adams concerto grosso highlights a gentle concert.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2019

Making the difficult seem easy is what the pianist does best, as his Davies Hall recital demonstrated.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2019

Juxtaposing the composer’s early and late styles made for effective contrasts as well as interesting interpretive choices.

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Opera Review
April 2, 2019

Kaminsky’s strong music is the focal point of Opera Parallèle’s world-premiere production.

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Modern Classical Review
April 2, 2019

Two contemporary composers obliterate preconceptions about music and the objects – and people – making it.

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Modern Classical Review
April 2, 2019

Two experimental artists in their first collaboration make a challenging, surprising piece.

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Dance Review
April 2, 2019

Liam Scarlett’s Isle of the Dead is forceful and virtuosic in its world premiere.

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