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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
April 11, 2012

Brooklyn Rider string quartet plays just fine outside the mainstream, and even co-composes works for itself.

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Upcoming Concert
March 29, 2012

A rare opportunity for connoisseurs and newcomers alike to hear this premier Viennese quartet.

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Upcoming Concert
March 22, 2012

Suddenly, James Ehnes seems to be everywhere, and with good reason.

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CD Review
March 20, 2012

Is John Adams really a minimalist? Our critic wonders why, in reviewing a recent CD by the San Francisco Symphony.

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CD Review
March 13, 2012

Two sterling violinists “mess about” with Bach, producing interesting but mixed results.

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Upcoming Concert
February 15, 2012

The Afiara String Quartet balances a lively interest in new works with deep insight into core classical repertoire.

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Upcoming Concert
February 3, 2012

Bay Area chamber music aficionados flock to the Cal Performances concerts of this exceptional ensemble.

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CD Review
January 30, 2012

A magnificent, fantastically controlled string quartet marches up the mountain with four Shostakovich quartets, plus a heartfelt bonus work.

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CD Review
January 9, 2012

Joshua Bell with accompanist Jeremy Denk go for the poetry and beauty in Ravel, Franck, and Saint-Saëns.

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Upcoming Concert
January 5, 2012

Star violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, in flight, doesn’t alight anywhere until she’s done, and she generally dazzles you before she deigns to perch on the smallest twig.

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Season Preview
January 2, 2012

It would take something much larger than a recession to stop great chamber music ensembles from performing in the Bay Area. Below are a few of the best recitals to come in the next few months.

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CD Review
December 13, 2011

An artist who defies the stereotype: To play the violin and then the viola? James Ehnes sounds brilliant on both.

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Upcoming Concert
November 27, 2011

Anyone who’s followed this quirky (and preposterously skilled) ensemble for any time at all knows that it’s ill-inclined to sit still, and that when it does move, it’s nearly always in a startling direction.

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CD Review
November 22, 2011

Anonymous 4 sings marvelously varied selections from 13th- and early 14th-century treasure-troves.

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Upcoming Concert
November 16, 2011

The New EsterházyQuartet, having run out of Haydn a couple years back, is focusing now on his contemporaries and pupils. November’s set includes a Haydn quartet, a Beethoven quartet (the formidably dark Opus 95), and quartets by Anton Reicha and Nicolas Zmeskall.

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CD Review
October 25, 2011

Immaculate playing, with eloquence in all the right places, distinguishes violinist Charlie Siem’s latest CD.

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Upcoming Concert
October 21, 2011

Should anyone not be tired of Farinelli’s repertoire after the Philharmonia Baroque set, here is Philippe Jaroussky, among the most recent of the countertenor superstars, singing Handel and Vivaldi arias with Jeannette Sorrell’s Cleveland-based ensemble Apollo’s Fire.

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Upcoming Concert
October 17, 2011

Ensemble Caprice’s program for the San Francisco Early Music Society focuses on the Gypsies, surveying three centuries’ worth of Gypsy-influenced “classical” music.

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CD Review
October 11, 2011

With violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock’s brilliant ornamentation, Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra outdoes itself on its journey through Four Seasons.

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CD Review
September 16, 2011

Dance music from Rameau’s operas never bores, and always glitters. Concert des Nations plays its heart out for conductor Jordi Savall in these excerpts.

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