Concert reviews

I've created this page to provide links to my professionally-published concert reviews, a few other selected reviews, and my other musical journalism -- David Bratman


Musical journalism

"Reactions to the Record", reports on Stanford historical performances symposia. April 2007. Letters and reply. January 2009. April 2012. April 2014.
Composer gallery, Bruckner, Hindemith, and Rimsky-Korsakov
Eight is Enough - listing and commentary on the "Symphony No. 8" by 24 different composers
Classical recordings for folks who don't listen to much classical, December 2006
Shostakovich At His Centenary, Part One and Part Two

Previews and highlights of upcoming events
San Mateo County, 2013-2014, 2014-2015
Music@Menlo, Summer 2013
Le Petit Trianon, San Jose, April 2013
Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, November 2012
South Bay and Peninsula, Fall 2012
South Bay and Peninsula, Fall 2011
The Vienna Philharmonic visits the Bay Area, February 2011
Portrait of music in San Jose, June 2008
Portrait of music in San Jose, May 2006


Orchestral concert reviews

Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
August 11, 2013: Walker, Lindberg, Clyne
August 6, 2011: Kats-Chernin, Ranjbaran, Adamo, Mizuno, Corigliano
August 2, 2008: Chang, Bates, Corigliano

Cadenza (Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra)
May 29, 2010: Britten, Hindemith
October 24, 2009: Honegger, Vasks, Shostakovich
October 11, 2008: Sibelius, Vasks, Dvorák

California Symphony
September 30, 2012: Márquez, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
November 2, 2013: Pärt, Dvorák, Sibelius

Fremont Symphony Orchestra
March 30, 2014: Rossini, E. Strauss, Dvorák, Beal, Copland

Symphony Orchestra of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory
November 17, 2009: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Raimkulova, Bernstein

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra
April 26, 2014: Cavaterra, Rachmaninoff, Dvorák

Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose
April 30, 2011: Schumann, Gluck, Ewazen, Beethoven

New Century Chamber Orchestra
September 12, 2014: Bermel, Pärt, Bizet-Shchedrin
December 12, 2012: Handel, Auerbach, Assad, Vivaldi
March 25, 2011: Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn
September 11, 2009: Bach-Reitz/Starr, Mussorgsky-Assad
December 12, 2008: Handel, Bach, Cristo, Brumel, Buxtehude, Lauridsen, Assad

Oakland East Bay Symphony
April 21, 2006: Mozart, Ravel, Stenhammar
January 20, 2006: Puts, Mozart, Brahms

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
December 16, 2006: Fish, Spohr, Beethoven

Peninsula Symphony
March 21, 2014: Mendelssohn, Lalo, Grieg, Debussy, Russell
October 25, 2013: Brahms, Grieg, Walton, Handel, Beethoven (Preview)
May 15, 2009: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Orff

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
February 13, 2013: Haydn, J.C. Bach, Mozart
October 21, 2005: Boccherini, Arriaga

Redwood Symphony
November 23, 2013: Rimsky-Korsakov, Scott, Mozart, Holst
April 13, 2013: Debussy, Garner, Theofanides
February 9, 2013: Corigliano, Harrison, Higdon
February 12, 2011: Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan Williams, Glass
September 25, 2010: Shostakovich, Paganini, Adès, Copland
April 24, 2010: Bartók, Shostakovich
April 4, 2009: Bartók, Khachaturian, Janácek (Preview)
April 6, 2008: Lutoslawski, Mahler
June 10, 2007: Dvorák, Bartók, Copland

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
January 27, 2008: Debussy, Berlioz

Royal Philharmonic
January 28, 2012: Kodály, Liszt, Brahms

Russian National Orchestra
February 14, 2008: Schubert, Safronov, Brahms
March 26, 2006: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky

St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra
May 1, 2010: Beethoven, Salieri, Holst, Prokofiev
October 10, 2009: Beethoven, Schubert

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
January 1, 2012: Beethoven
February 7, 2009: J.C. Bach, Festinger, Mahler, Copland
January 1, 2009: Handel, Mozart, Coleman, Haydn, Gershwin

San Francisco Symphony
May 14, 2014: Sibelius, Bartók, Brahms
May 29, 2013: Dvorák, Kodály, Bartók
May 2, 2013: early Beethoven
April 17, 2013: Beethoven, Nielsen
January 11, 2013: Adams, Debussy, Bernstein
October 31 & November 1, 2012: Harrison, Cowell, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff
October 4, 2012: Pärt, Bartók, Respighi
June 14, 2012: Fauré, Sibelius, Rachmaninoff
Barbary Coast and Beyond, May 10, 2012: Meyerbeer, Foster, Délibes, Bull, Liszt, Gottschalk, Wieniawski, Bellini, Offenbach, Stockman, Kreisler, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, Saint-Saëns
February 17, 2012: Schreker, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns
November 23, 2011: Wagner, Brahms, Brahms-Schoenberg
November 11, 2011: Schubert
December 2, 2010: Adams
November 3, 2010: Schnittke, Haydn, Orff
May 5, 2010: Dalbavie, Beethoven, Brahms
February 5, 2010: Schubert, Ives-Brant
June 17, 2007: Prokofiev.
May 17, 2006: Varèse, W. Schuman, R. Schumann
November 19, 2004: Martinu, Mendelssohn, Haydn
Beethoven's Vienna Festival, May 2004: Beethoven, Clementi, Wölfl, Steibelt, Reicha, Cherubini, Dussek
June 7, 2000: Ives, Cage, Feldman, Babbitt, Riley

San Jose Chamber Orchestra
October 6, 2013: Bacewicz, Lewis, Pratorius
January 6, 2013: Fung, Lewis, Harrison, Dee, Heisinger
April 10, 2011: Wong, Martin, Bohmler, Mahler, Avshalomov, Furman
January 9, 2011: Bach, G. Galindo, Pärt, Villa-Lobos
January 10, 2010: Furman, A. Galindo

Sphinx Virtuosi
October 19, 2011: Mozart, Halvorsen, Perkinson, Plaza, Ginastera, Bach

Symphony Silicon Valley
June 7, 2014: Haydn, Weber, Beethoven
May 16, 2014: Brahms-Schoenberg, Rachmaninoff
March 22, 2014: Jofre, Orff
December 7, 2013: Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
October 26, 2013: Kraft, Shostakovich
September 28, 2013: Glinka, Prokofiev, Berlioz
December 1, 2012: Brahms, Tchaikovsky
September 29, 2012: Rossini, Berlioz, Liszt, Beethoven
June 2, 2012: Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius
October 1, 2011: Amram, Holst
June 4, 2011: Piazzolla, Dorman, Mendelssohn
October 16, 2010: Dohnányi, Ravel, Kodály, Bartók, Brahms, Sarasate
May 15, 2010: Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky
June 6, 2009: Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Haydn
May 9, 2009: Shostakovich, Beethoven
March 26-29, 2009: Berlioz, Brahms, Dvorák (Preview)
March 29, 2008: Brahms, Beethoven
September 29, 2007: Beethoven, Amram, Janácek
January 20, 2007: Beethoven, O'Connor, Dvorák
September 30, 2006: Borodin, Higdon, Tchaikovsky
October 1, 2005: Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Beethoven
April 30, 2005: Strauss, Beethoven
October 30, 2004: Vaughan Williams, Corigliano, Higdon, Tchaikovsky
October 9, 2004: Copland, Korngold, Gershwin

Vienna Philharmonic
March 9, 2014: Mozart, Bruckner, Josef Strauss
February 25, 2011: Schubert, Wagner, Bartók


Chamber music concert reviews

Alexander String Quartet
An Evening in the Home of J.S. Bach, December 16, 2012: Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach

Auryn String Quartet
April 6, 2014: Beethoven

Calder String Quartet
November 5, 2012: Stravinsky, Mozart, Adès, Mendelssohn
March 30, 2011: Shostakovich, Rouse, Schnittke (with Gloria Cheng)

Carducci String Quartet
October 21, 2012: Haydn, Debussy, Mendelssohn

Carmel Bach Festival
July 23, 2013: Marais, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Ewazen, Machaut, Josquin, Lully, Bach, Debussy, Canteloube, Poulenc, Delibes, Bizet
July 22, 2013: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Muffat, Telemann
July 24, 2008: Bach (and Brahms)

Claremont Piano Trio
April 5, 2006: Haydn, Kirchner, Schumann

Cypress String Quartet
April 19, 2013: Dvorák, Higdon, Schubert (with Christine Brandes)
January 10, 2010: Beethoven, Furman

Danish String Quartet
November 17, 2013: Abrahamsen, Mendelssohn, Beethoven
July 27, 2013: Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn

Del Sol String Quartet
December 7, 2012: Ward, Beecher, Frank, Cmiel, Duddell, Dong
November 9, 2006: Blitzstein, Body, Lindsay, Vali

Elias String Quartet
March 29, 2013: Purcell, Schumann, Andres (with Jonathan Biss)

Emerson String Quartet
October 15, 2008: Shostakovich
January 13, 2006: Nielsen, Sibelius, Grieg

Escher String Quartet
July 23, 2014: Zemlinsky
February 22, 2013: Beethoven
September 28, 2008: Mozart, Zemlinsky, Shostakovich, Beethoven
July 23, 2007: Mendelssohn

Ives String Quartet
April 25, 2014: Pollack, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich (with Miles Graber)
February 15, 2013: Haydn, Conte, Tchaikovsky
October 7, 2012: Haydn, Cowell, Smetana

Kronos String Quartet
January 15, 2014: Dessner, Lizée, Glass, Wagner, Webern, Silvestrov
August 4, 2013: Boguinia, Gordon, Lizée, Võ, Wagner, Z

Lark String Quartet
October 24, 2010: Dvorák, Wiprud, Higdon, Mendelssohn, Ruehr

Mandelring String Quartet
March 16, 2012: Mendelssohn, Séjourné, Debussy, Rosauro (with Katarzyna Mycka)

Musicians from Marlboro
April 3, 2011: Janácek, Mozart, Mendelssohn

Menlo Festival
July 23, 2014: Zemlinsky (plus Schumann, Brahms)
August 6, 2013: Bach
August 3, 2013: Bach, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Tourier, Franck (plus Kurtág, Dohnányi)
July 27, 2013: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Debussy, Gershwin, Britten
August 11, 2012: Schoenfield, Mendelssohn, Moszkowski, Chausson (plus Mozart, Bartók)
July 29, 2012: Herrmann, Caplet, Respighi, Stravinsky (plus Beethoven, Mendelssohn)
August 10, 2011: Brahms, Chopin, Fauré (plus Brahms, Schumann)
July 30, 2011: Bach, C. Schumann, Vivaldi, Brahms
July 24, 2011: Brahms, Bartók, Enescu
May 8, 2011: Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann
July 27, 2010: Britten, Walton, Elgar (plus Brahms, Shostakovich)
July 31, 2009: Mendelssohn
July 24, 2009: Beethoven, Mendelssohn (plus Spohr, Larsen)
July 28, 2008: Dvorák, Wolf, Brahms, Schumann
August 9, 2007: Beethoven, Copland, Neikrug, Ravel, Brahms (plus Haydn, Stravinsky, Dvorák)
July 23, 2007: Schnittke, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky (plus Beethoven)
August 10, 2006: Bach, Messiaen, Mozart (plus Franck)
August 3 & 7, 2005: Beethoven
July 30, 2005: Beethoven

Miami String QUartet
August 3, 2005: Beethoven

Miró String Quartet
January 23, 2011: Schubert, Beethoven
July 30, 2005: Beethoven

Music at the Mission
March 12, 2011: Rossini, Erb, Bottesini, Sydeman, Schumann, Bedrossian
March 13, 2010: Janácek, Hatzis, Schoenfield, Messiaen

Orion String Quartet
March 3, 2010: Bach, Kirchner, Beethoven, Brahms (with Peter Serkin, piano)

Other Minds
September 17, 2011: Fluxus event
November 12, 2009: Cowell

Pacifica String Quartet
July 31, 2009: Mendelssohn

Paris Piano Trio
November 2, 2008: Fauré, Schumann, Mendelssohn

Prazak String Quartet
March 13, 2005: Smetana, Janácek, Dvorák

St. Lawrence String Quartet
January 12, 2014: Dvorák, Martinu
October 13, 2013: Haydn, S. Adams, Beethoven
January 11, 2013: Haydn
October 23, 2011: Haydn, Golijov, Schubert
April 5, 2009: Haydn, Adams, Dvorák
October 14, 2007: Haydn, Beethoven, Adams
December 3, 2006: Dohnányi, Shostakovich, Dvorák (with Jon Kimura Parker)

San Francisco Piano Quartet
March 22, 2009: Dvorak, Burleigh, Goldmark, Gershwin, Bernstein, Bass

San Francisco Symphony Chamber Musicians
October 30, 2005: Mozart, Rossini, Villa-Lobos, Dvorák

Santa Cruz Chamber Players
October 30, 2010: Glazunov, Pratorius, Schubert, Szymanowski, Ravel

Shanghai String Quartet
October 3, 2010: Zhou, Penderecki, Jiang, Schubert

Silicon Valley Music Festival
June 27 & 28, 2014: Ewazen, Copland, Still, Dvorák; Ginastera, Hosokawa, Berio, Golijov
June 18, 2013: Rzewski, Messiaen, Heggie, Applebaum, Hosokawa, Hinze, Sciarrino, Akiho

Takács String Quartet
January 25 & 26, 2014: Bartók
February 13, 2010: Schumann, MacMillan, Beethoven
March 12, 2006: Beethoven

Trio Cavatina
February 2, 2014: Beethoven, Copland, Brahms (with Samuel Rhodes)

Vertavo String Quartet
January 26, 2011: Haydn, Janácek, Frank, Beethoven

Vilnius String Quartet
November 7, 2004: Schubert, Prokofiev, Beethoven


Instrumental recital reviews

Chee-Yun (violin) and Wendy Chen (piano)
May 7, 2006: Vitali, de Falla, Fauré, Strauss, Sarasate

Frederic Chiu (piano)
May 14, 2006: Bach-Busoni, Schubert-Liszt, Prokofiev-Chiu, Beethoven-Liszt

Steven Isserlis (cello) and Stephen Hough (piano)
April 15, 2005: Brahms, Hummel, Suk, Martinu

Cecile Licad (piano)
October 14, 2012: Liszt, Chopin

Menlo Festival
January 16, 2011: Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Ravel

Jon Nakamatsu (piano)
October 20, 2013: Schubert, Chopin, Schumann

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
January 12, 2014: Beethoven, Schubert, Griffes, Chopin

Gil Shaham (violin)
November 6, 2011: Bach

Jeffrey Siegel (piano)
January 19, 2013: Gershwin, Gottschalk, MacDowell, Copland, Bernstein, Joplin

Robert Stallman (flute) and Hélène Wickett (piano)
October 26, 2006: Schubert, Hindemith, Doppler, Roussel, Franck

Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) and David Breitman (fortepiano)
January 18, 2014: Beethoven

Stanford piano festivals
The Stravinsky Project, March, 2008: Stravinsky
The American Piano Festival, February 3, 2007: Gottschalk, Joplin, Johnson, Morton, Tatum, Rzewski, Cage, Cowell


Vocal and theatrical performance reviews

"A Portrait of Leonard Bernstein"
November 7, 2009: Bernstein

Cappella Romana
May 3, 2009: anonymous Byzantine

Carmel Bach Festival
July 27, 2014: Tavener, Pärt, Górecki, Lang (and Bach)

Collage Vocal Ensemble
November 8, 2012: Menotti, Rutter, Brahms, Bach, Foster, Mozart, Weelkes, Grainger, Britten, Holst, Sondheim, Kodály, Haydn, Kuula, Vaughan Williams

Golden Gate Festival Orchestra and Temple Emanu-El Choir
July 1, 2008: Bloch

Haydn Singers
March 10, 2006: Mozart, Gasparini, M. Haydn, J. Haydn

The King's Singers
February 17, 2010: Bennet, Schütz, Weelkes, Monteverdi, Frank, Saint-Saëns

Lyric Theatre of San Jose
October 5, 2008: Sullivan

Masterworks Chorale, San Mateo
March 22, 2014: Brahms, Beethoven, Orff
November 9, 2008: Carlozzi, Schumann, Whitacre, Mozart

New Century Chamber Orchestra and Schola Cantorum San Francisco
December 12, 2008: Handel, Bach, Cristo, Brumel, Buxtehude, Lauridsen, Assad

Opera San José
November 26, 2006: Rossini

Peninsula Symphony and Stanford Symphonic Chorus
November 19, 2010: Gabrieli, Vaughan Williams
November 20, 2009: Reicha, Bach

Redwood Symphony
August 10, 2013: McCartney, Lennon, Harrison (with the White Album Ensemble)
June 1, 2013: Sondheim (preview)

San Francisco Choral Artists
December 14, 2013: Pitoni, Cima, Nanino, Pierson, Marenzio, Verdi, Taylor, Croce, Gesualdo, Pizzetti, Bassano, Gabrieli, Vlad

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus
December 2, 2010: Adams
November 3, 2010: Orff

Santa Cruz County Symphony and Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus
April 22, 2007: Tippett

Stanford Chamber Chorale
January 11, 2013: Berger

Symphony Silicon Valley and SSV Chorale
March 29, 2008: Brahms, Beethoven

Trimpin
May 14, 2011: Trimpin

Volti
November 15, 2009: Winges, Peterson, Fishbein, Zuckerman, Hawley, Moe, Garrop


Reviews of recordings

May 31, 2013: Beethoven
April 6, 2012: Nielsen
March 27, 2012: Roussel
February 3, 2012: Scarlatti, Currier, Debussy, Liebermann, Schumann
January 20, 2012: Shostakovich



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