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
April 16, 2019

Salonen’s “Faith” concert with the LA Phil celebrates the vitality of the composer’s final years.

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Modern Classical Review
April 16, 2019

The Santa Monica series focuses on a musical crossroads.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
April 16, 2019

Nicholas McGegan's deft hand crafted a near-perfect rendition of Handel’s sacred drama.

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Recital Review
April 16, 2019

S.F. Conservatory of Music instructors strut their fretted stuff in a concert ranging from the Baroque to jazz and back.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 15, 2019

Guest conductor Andrey Boreyko leads the orchestra in a disciplined reading of a storied tone poem.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 13, 2019

A striking premiere from Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar headlines the concert at Carnegie Hall.

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Modern Classical Review
April 13, 2019

New-music composers focus on the “notes between notes” played on everything from microtonal guitar to full-blown gamelan orchestra.

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Dance Review
April 11, 2019

Rennie Harris’s tribute to the late choreographer is a must-see.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 11, 2019

With pianist Olga Kern as soloist, the orchestra gets the blood pumping in Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev.

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Opera Review
April 9, 2019

A Gilbert and Sullivan one-acter, plus an over-the-top companion piece, makes for a satisfying production.

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