Topics :: classical music

Green Golly And Her Golden Flute

By Steven Bergman | Tuesday Oct 15, 2013
A delightful variation on the Rapunzel story is presented in a colorful picture book-with-audio format to enjoy and foster music appreciation in younger children.

Shostakovich: Execution Of Stepan Razin

By Steven Bergman | Tuesday Oct 8, 2013
A new release from Ondine Records features three lesser known works from the famed Russian composer.

Spring Is In the Air... Along With Classical Music

By JW Arnold | Tuesday May 21, 2013
For classical music lovers, spring and early summer offer several opportunities for musical edification.

Jonathan Biss: Man on a Mission

By Philip Campbell | Tuesday Apr 9, 2013
The pianist and Elias String Quartet concluded a series of concerts for San Francisco Performances with a beautifully realized program ingeniously designed for "Schumann: Under the Influence."

Unexpected Drama at the Symphony

By Philip Campbell | Tuesday Mar 5, 2013
Our coverage of recent San Francisco Symphony concerts at Davies Symphony Hall will be more report than review this week.

Passion and Technique

By Philip Campbell | Monday Feb 18, 2013
No stranger to Bay Area audiences or to the San Francisco Symphony, current Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Charles Dutoit recently wrapped a two-week guest stint at Davies Symphony Hall.

Overtures and Marches

By Steven Bergman | Wednesday Feb 13, 2013
A new recording celebrating the work of one of the most famous composers of "light operettas" will keep your toes tapping with images of a summer evening on an esplanade.

Le Boeuf sur Le Toit

By Tim Pfaff | Tuesday Jan 22, 2013
Off-screen, the pianist from the film ’Amour’ recreates the raucous, eclectic jazz scene of 1920s Paris, from classical spoofs to Delta blues.

Too Delicious an Aural Repast

By Tim Pfaff | Wednesday Dec 5, 2012
Stephen Hough’s new "French Album" (Hyperion) starts with an audial prank.

Mariinsky Ballet’s ’Swan Lake’ Plays Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley

By Paul Parish | Tuesday Oct 23, 2012
"Swan Lake" is a poetic tragedy told as a moving picture with only the power of personal beauty, scenic effects, sincerity of gesture, and music to take your heart and wring you out.