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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.

Articles by this Author

Feature Article
September 2, 2011

The new season includes music specialists — those who bring you the earliest music, and those who bring you the latest.

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CD Review
August 23, 2011

It was well worth the wait, to hear the Pražák Quartet’s fleet take on the Borodin Second Quartet.

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July 12, 2011

A newly unearthed Vivaldi and some other bright little firebombs distinguish La Serenissima’s new disc.

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CD Review
June 28, 2011

Northern Sinfonia is the first to cut a disc with Hans Gál’s First Symphony: at turns wry, yearning, jesting, or ceaselessly melodic. It’s paired with a “cute and perky” Schubert symphony.

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CD Review
June 14, 2011

How to play a Haydn minuet? Listen and learn, from Philharmonia Baroque’s terrific disc.

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June 7, 2011

Tanya Tomkins takes her sweet time on a new Bach disc, revealing a wealth of musical wisdom.

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May 31, 2011

In Washington State, the Icicle Creek Piano Trio makes its repertoire sound natural, but almost too easy.

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Feature Article
May 17, 2011

SFCV's longtime expert on all things stringed highlights seven fantastic new recordings by star violinists, including a few surprises.

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CD Review
May 5, 2011

Composer Gabriela Lena Frank, a master miniaturist, presents colorful chamber works drawn from her Peruvian heritage.

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April 26, 2011

Smaller-scale oratorios that Bach repurposed are sung vibrantly by the Retrospect Ensemble, and wonderfully recorded.

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April 5, 2011

The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili takes listeners on a mesmerizing tour of the Soviet and post-Soviet musical landscape, with seraphic stops and sights along the way.

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CD Review
March 29, 2011

Stunning performances of 13th-century English music are Trio Mediaeval’s latest offering, music so perfectly blended that it almost hurts.

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CD Review
March 22, 2011

More Brahms is always a good thing, as proven on an impressive new recording by cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt.

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CD Review
March 15, 2011

A new CD release of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, is an often lovely, often puzzling performance — sometimes innocently affectionate, sometimes seeming to be making historical points in a way that aren't necessarily beneficial.

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CD Review
February 22, 2011

It’s pleasing for a great orchestra to record the standard repertoire; but it’s more exciting, from an audience perspective, for it to record something you’ve not had the opportunity to hear before. The San Francisco Symphony’s recent release is not only an artistic triumph but emblematic of priorities rightly ordered.

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CD Review
February 8, 2011

Classical musicians don’t ordinarily record “albums” now; they record works. But Musica Pacifica’s Dancing in the Isles is an album.

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CD Review
January 18, 2011

A new performance can make you re-imagine a piece you thought you'd known cold: Two new discs, by the Pavel Haas and Artemis Quartets, remind me of that. And what the two groups share is extraordinary technical crispness coupled with tenderness and intelligence; the ability to refresh and renew.

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CD Review
January 11, 2011

It’s not often that we get to hear such a large body of new music, developed over a long time, by one composer and played by a single ensemble. No one could listen to Lisa Bielawa's two-CD set and not marvel.

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Feature Article
January 4, 2011

By design, chamber music can be performed anywhere. Bay Area musicians like to perform it everywhere. Here, SFCV’s premier chamber music maven takes on the task of winnowing down this gorgeous superfluity to just five (well, and a few more) hot tickets you can’t afford to miss.

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CD Review
December 28, 2010

Composer Rodolphe Kreutzer — pretty much off the public’s radar, but very much on the violin student’s — is brought to life in a fantastic CD by Axel Strauss thanks to his incredible nimbleness in both hands and one utterly lovely cantabile.

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