Bach & Beyond Part 2
- CDR 90000 154
The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album
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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.
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
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."
Grego Applegate Edwards Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
"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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Bach and Beyond Part 2
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