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!


Modern Classical Review
January 24, 2017

A linguistic theme permeated great performances highlighting the work of two Stanford faculty composers.

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Modern Classical Review
January 24, 2017

Excerpts proved the rule at the latest set, hosted by composer Mason Bates and conductor Edwin Outwater.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2017

The chamber ensemble played with fire and grace on works from Handel, Bach, and Rameau.

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Opera Review
January 17, 2017

Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves and M. Lamar’s Funeral Doom Spiritual tackle uncomfortable subjects, uncompromisingly — and make powerful art out of them.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 17, 2017

Yves Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony only appears to be off-the-wall experimental. Actually, it’s a modest experiment and a captivating experience

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 17, 2017

Pretty presentation does little to inject drama into an early Mahler cantata

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Chamber Music Review
January 11, 2017

The Rule of Three ruled this show, featuring a varied trio of concertos.

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Modern Classical Review
January 10, 2017

Rare musical treasures from one of the Bay Area’s most influential composers.

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CD Review
December 29, 2016

The pianist’s new CD provides a musical soundtrack to a famous Langston Hughes poem.

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Chamber Music Review
December 20, 2016

The piano and violin duet explores a satisfying range of contemporary pieces.

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