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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.

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Festival Review
July 23, 2013

Having spent a Bach-oriented day at the Carmel Bach Festival on Monday, I stayed over on Tuesday for a day with music almost entirely French.

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Festival Review
July 22, 2013

The first day of the Carmel Bach Festival offers plenty of attractions, including an insightful master class, imitation-gut strings, and chats with some of the performers.

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Festival Review
June 18, 2013

Music of genius and imagination illuminates the second Silicon Valley Music Festival program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 29, 2013

Guest conductor Juraj Valčuha led the San Francisco Symphony burnished performances, with several standout solo performances serving as highlights.

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CD Review
May 31, 2013

This satisfying recording of Beethoven's Ninth is a masterwork of music, and a pleasing memento of what today’s San Francisco Symphony sounds like in concert.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas began a two-week “Beethoven Project” with his S.F. Symphony, appropriately enough, with a concert of early Beethoven.

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News Report
April 28, 2013

San José’s best venue for chamber music is continuing through a financial restructuring. But as the time to announce next year’s season arrives, some presenters are unsure of its availability and are making other plans.

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Chamber Music Review
April 19, 2013

The Cypress String Quartet “Call and Response” has come full circle, commissioning new works for long enough that is has come around to composer Jennifer Higdon for the second time.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 17, 2013

Herbert Blomstedt draws mixed results and leaking energy from the S.F. Symphony, conducting Beethoven and Nielsen.

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Chamber Music Review
March 29, 2013

The San Francisco Performances presentation of Jonathan Biss showcases Schumann and the strength of the Elias String Quartet.

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Chamber Music Review
February 22, 2013

The Escher Quartet comes to rescue to fill a program in San José, with its amply satisfying playing of Beethoven quartets.

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Chamber Music Review
February 15, 2013

The Ives Quartet parlayed a feast of chords into an enjoyable recital in Palo Alto, featuring David Conte’s strong second quartet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 13, 2013

Philharmonia Baroque outdoes even itself in “storm and stress” works by Mozart, Haydn, and J.C. Bach.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 9, 2013

Recently composed scores get exemplary readings by the Redwood Symphony, and invite future encounters.

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Recital Review
January 19, 2013

An expert pianist/lecturer, Jeffrey Siegel presents music by George Gershwin and other American icons.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 11, 2013

Stanford University’s new Bing Concert Hall received its first public outing with a gala opening night celebration on Friday, the first program on a crowded Stanford Live winter/spring schedule.

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Upcoming Concert
January 8, 2013

Symphony Silicon Valley is returning once more to the historical theatrical roots of its venue, the California Theatre in San Jose, with an all-Kurt Weill program on January 12-13.

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Upcoming Concert
January 8, 2013

The unavoidable, heavyweight event of the new year in Peninsula and South Bay concert-going is the opening of Stanford’s new, intimately-sized, acoustically cutting-edge Bing Concert Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 6, 2013

The San José Chamber Orchestra tribute to Lou Harrison and his and all his colleagues brought richness and depth, also evinced in the dedication that Turner and her musicians brought to the music.

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Chamber Music Review
December 16, 2012

In an at-home yet grand setting, the Aulos Ensemble play music the large Bach family might have assembled for its own entertainment.

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