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Michelle Dulak Thomson

Michelle Dulak Thomson is a violinist and violist who has written about music for Strings, Stagebill, Early Music America, and The New York Times.

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CD Review
December 28, 2013

In his centenary year, Benjamin Britten’s string quartets are winning a lot of attention, and clearly aren’t only for Brits.

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November 8, 2013

A new CD from Kevin Puts features extremely interesting and inventive choral writing, but save the liner notes for after your first listen.

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September 18, 2013

The first volume of chamber pieces for strings from Saariaho offers a fine, if occasionally jarring, survey of nearly a quarter century of the composer's work.

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July 22, 2013

Piazzolla, de Falla, even Paganini all sing out in a sweet violin-plus-guitar CD, Histoire du Tango, by the terrific Augustin Hadelich and Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

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June 21, 2013

The arias on this CD, most never recorded before and music that is mostly unknown, are all tailored to particular singers, and they wind up showcasing what amounts to "first version" Handel compositions.

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May 24, 2013

[email protected]'s latest release is a luscious grab-bag of chamber music, much of it unfamiliar, nearly all of it performed as well as you're ever likely to hear it.

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March 7, 2013

Even with orchestra coming to the fore in Brahms’ violin concerto, Lisa Batiashvili struts her magnificent stuff.

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February 1, 2013

Cellist Steven Isserlis teams with composer/pianist Thomas Adès to record a recital they devised of rarely heard works, playing them superbly.

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December 14, 2012

Dazzling pacing and sumptuous playing mark performances by the Tokyo Quartet’s two guest soloists.

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November 27, 2012

The S.F. Symphony beats the band, showing its idiosyncratic side in a terrific new release of scores by Cowell, Harrison, and Varèse.

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October 26, 2012

We were all grateful for Esa-Pekka Salonen’s tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But we’re even happier to see him creating works like this brilliant Violin Concerto.

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October 5, 2012

Dipping into later-than-real-Baroque territory, Philharmonia Baroque clearly loves to perform Brahms Serenades, which it plays as if living in the style of his era.

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September 7, 2012

Even if you’re awash in recordings of the Schubert Cello Quintet piece, this recording by the Arcanto Quartet and Oliver Marron is one to hear.

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August 31, 2012

ETHEL goes to great extremes to play down the fact that it’s a classical ensemble, but in the end it doesn’t matter. The album is great and well-played.

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August 27, 2012

After a game of musical chairs in recent years, the Artemis Quartet is still up on its game, as heard on its latest CD of Schubert masterworks.

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August 3, 2012

Magnificent playing, a fine new work commissioned from Lera Auerbach, and penetrating emotional currents mark violinist Vadim Gluzman’s new disc.

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July 20, 2012

A seven-disc treasure trove captures [email protected] 2011 sumptuous banquet of Brahms and others.

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May 18, 2012

Handel’s little-known opera Atalanta receives a delightful outing in Philharmonia Baroque’s new release, sung by a stellar cast — in perhaps the sole recording in print.

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Upcoming Concert
May 8, 2012

Steven Isserlis performing all of Beethoven’s cello music is a treat; his doing it in company with fortepianist Robert Levin promises to be an adventure.

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Upcoming Concert
April 17, 2012

There isn’t a concert in the Quartet’s 2012 lineup that I’d want to miss.

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