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David Bratman

David Bratman is a librarian who lives with his lawfully wedded soprano and a wall full of symphony recordings.

Articles by this Author

Chamber Music Review
February 26, 2015

The brilliant last quartets combined with some of Beethoven's earliest in two exhilarating concerts.

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Chamber Music Review
February 19, 2015

Stanford musicians and guests perform Haydn’s first and final symphony, written in the same key, 36 years apart.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 27, 2015

Forget “autumnal”: The Budapest Festival Orchestra brought full-throated, heroic Brahms symphonies to Davies Symphony Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 21, 2015

Jon Nakamatsu teamed with Symphony Silicon Valley, the 1927-designed California Theatre, and works by Gershwin and Ravel to transport audiences back to the roaring ‘20s.

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Chamber Music Review
January 12, 2015

Usually hidden in the pit, S.F. Opera Orchestra musicians took center stage at Music at Kohl Mansion, and played a beautiful and intriguing concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 8, 2014

Symphony Silicon Valley, fortified with guest soloist Mayuko Kamio and visiting maestro Tatsuya Shimono, break new ground with Bruckner, Mozart and a surprise encore.

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Chamber Music Review
November 16, 2014
A concert by the Escher Quartet at Kohl Mansion offers solemn repertoire sandwiched between more cheerful music for a striking experiment in contrasts.
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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 5, 2014

New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra works its considerable magic sans conductor, perfectly coordinated and brilliantly with one voice.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 27, 2014

The Symphony Silicon Valley concert led by conductor John Nelson and featuring pianist Jeffrey Kahane is a irresistible lineup of Romantic repertoire.

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Chamber Music Review
October 19, 2014

The St. Lawrence String Quartet's concert at Stanford's Bing Hall features new member/violinist Mark Fewer, guest cellist David Finckel, and a program to showcase their talents.

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Festival Review
July 27, 2014

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize–winning work is paired with Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Carmel Bach, with some “holy minimalists” included for contrast.

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Chamber Music Review
July 23, 2014

Zemlinsky's time came when the Escher Quartet played all four of his canonical string quartets for one of Music@Menlo’s Carte Blanche concerts.

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Festival Review
June 27, 2014

The Silicon Valley Music Festival, now in its third season, has acquired some desirable accoutrements: an attractive program book and a set of venues concentrated in downtown San Jose.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 7, 2014

Symphony Silicon Valley wraps up its season with a tasty meat-and-potatoes program, including a Weber bassoon concerto side dish.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 16, 2014

The Symphony Silicon Valley offers a Brahms inspired concert with guest conductor Karen Kamensek and guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu.

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Chamber Music Review
April 25, 2014

The Ives Quartet performs a program that would have drawn a spectrum of reactions from the namesake composer.

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Feature Article
April 7, 2014

We may not know much about how Bach or Mozart expected to hear their music, but we have a great deal of information about later 19th-century composers, thanks to early recordings.

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Chamber Music Review
April 5, 2014

German’s Auryn Quartet (now in its fourth decade of prominence) plays Beethoven to a fare-thee-well in San José.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 30, 2014

As old as its town, the Fremont Symphony continues to surprise and delight, this time harking back to its roots and then displaying youthful local talent.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 22, 2014

A superbly vital performance of Carmina Burana is the centerpiece of a rousing concert by Symphony Silicon Valley and several choruses.

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