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Bach & Beyond Part 2

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Bach & Beyond Part 2

Jennifer Koh

  • CDR 90000 154

 

The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album

    • I. Adagio (3:52)

    • J.S. BACH (1685–1750)

      Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (15:33)

      I. Adagio (3:52)

    • II. Fuga (5:18)

    • II. Fuga (5:18)

    • III. Siciliana (2:58)

    • III. Siciliana (2:58)

    • IV. Presto (3:24)

    • IV. Presto (3:24)

    • I. Tempo di ciaccona (8:24)

    • BELA BARTOK (1881-1945)

      Sonata for Solo Violin Sz. 117, BB 124 (25:02)

      I. Tempo di ciaccona (8:24)

    • II. Fuga (4:21)

    • II. Fuga (4:21)

    • III. Melodia (7:05)

    • III. Melodia (7:05)

    • IV. Presto (5:09)

    • IV. Presto (5:09)

    • I. Frise Jaune (3:56)

    • KAIJA SAARIAHO (b. 1952)

      Frises (21:15)

      I. Frise Jaune (3:56)

    • II. Frise de Fleur (5:55)

    • II. Frise de Fleur (5:55)

    • III. Pavage (7:27)

    • III. Pavage (7:27)

    • IV. Frise Grise (3:55)

    • IV. Frise Grise (3:55)

    • I. Allemanda (5:23)

    • J.S. BACH

      Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (29:11)

      I. Allemanda (5:23)

    • II. Double (3:41)

    • II. Double (3:41)

    • III. Corrente (3:15)

    • III. Corrente (3:15)

    • IV. Double. Presto (3:22)

    • IV. Double. Presto (3:22)

    • V. Sarabande (3:17)

    • V. Sarabande (3:17)

    • VI. Double (3:06)

    • VI. Double (3:06)

    • VII. Tempo di Borea (3:29)

    • VII. Tempo di Borea (3:29)

    • VIII. Double (3:34)

    • VIII. Double (3:34)

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Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

Violinist Jennifer Koh’s Bach & Beyond Part 2 is the newest installment in a three-CD cycle based on her groundbreaking, multiyear recital series of the same name. Koh, “a masterly Bach interpreter and a champion of contemporary repertory” (The New York Times), performs J. S. Bach’s landmark violin Sonatas and Partitas alongside 20th and 21st century solo violin works they’ve inspired, including new commissions.


Bach & Beyond Part 2 offers J.S. Bach’s expressive Sonata No. 1 and contemplative Partita No. 1 for solo violin, Bela Bartok’s lyrical Sonata for Solo Violin, and the world premiere recording of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s alluring, otherworldly Frises for violin and electronics.

Critic Reviews

Peter Margasak Chicago Reader

"A consummate musician who often wraps her new work with  standard repertoire, Glen Ellyn native Jennifer Koh is one of the most skilled and satisfying violinists in classical music—in part because of the way she bridges it with modern works." 

John von Rhein Chicago Tribune

"...memorably haunting." 

Stephen Smoliar Examiner.com

"Koh always seems to find the right way to bring expressiveness to her interpretations, even when they are grounded in the mastery of purely technical skills."

"Jennifer Koh has a stirring way about her. There is perfect technical prowess, but there is also an intimate understanding of the music and a personal approach that marks this Volume 2 as a significant statement, an artistic triumph."

Bob Neill Positive-Feedback

"Nobody plays Bach better than Jennifer Koh." 

Peter Quantrill The Strad

"There’s a feeling of power in reserve about Jennifer Koh’s playing, which is never louder than lovely, and underneath the sleekly sustained lines and discreetly tapered phrase-ends is the violinistic equivalent of a V8 engine purring away." 

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Program Notes

Bach and Beyond Part 2
Notes by Patrick Castillo

Album Details

Total Time: 91:18

Producer and Engineer: Adam Abeshouse
Recorded: Saariaho recorded April 20-21, 2014 at Westchester Studios, NY; Bach recorded June 4-5, June 10-12, 2014 at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College/SUNY; Bartok recorded July 14-16, 2014 at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College/SUNY
Cover and Inlay Photography: Jürgen Frank
Booklet & Inlay Card Design: Nancy Bieschke

Publishers:
Saariaho Frises © 2011 Chester Music Ltd.
Bela Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin Sz. 117, BB 124 © 1944 Boosey & Hawkes

Funded in part by a grant from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

© 2015 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago


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