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Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - BACH, J.S. / YSAYE, E. (Bach and Beyond, Part I)

Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - BACH, J.S. / YSAYE, E. (Bach and Beyond, Part I)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Jennifer Koh


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Total Time - 78:02
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Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - BACH, J.S. / YSAYE, E. (Bach and Beyond, Part I)

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Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

1 I. Preludio 4:03
2 II. Loure 5:22
3 III. Gavotte en rondeau 3:05
4 IV. Menuet I and II 5:15
5 V. Bourree 1:30
6 VI. Gigue 1:59



Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 27, No. 2

7 I. Prelude, "Obsession" 2:36
8 II. Malinconia 2:58
9 III. Sarabande, "Danse des ombres" 3:59
10 IV. Les furies 3:19







Dissolve, O My Heart




Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

13 I. Allemande 4:59
14 II. Courante 2:23
15 III. Sarabande 4:22
16 IV. Gigue 4:05
17 V. Ciaccona 15:06
 Jennifer Koh Soloist

 American violinist Jennifer Koh’s Bach & Beyond Part 1 is the first in a three-part series based on her groundbreaking, multi-season "Bach and Beyond" recital series, now underway in North America and overseas. With these inventive programs, Koh, "a virtuoso with quirky and wonderful ideas" (San Francisco Chronicle), sets out to illuminate connections between J.S. Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin and 20th- and 21st-century works, including pieces commissioned expressly for Koh and her Bach and Beyond project.

Bach & Beyond Part 1 and its sequels will appeal to Bach fans as well as those interested in contemporary music. Listeners will explore how composers influence each other across the centuries as Koh pairs Bach’s sonatas and partitas with works by living composers.
Koh is uniquely qualified for such a project. In its glowing review of her 2011 landmark, marathon concert of all six Bach violin sonatas and partitas, The New York Times said, "By refusing to specialize in a particular corner of the violin repertory, and leaping freely among several, Jennifer Koh has built a following that draws on, and ideally brings together, several of the music world’s style-conscious enclaves."
Bach & Beyond Part 1 opens with the Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1004, a suite of seven dances. Eugène Ysaÿe’s 1924 Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 27, begins with the tune that opens the Preludio of that Bach work. Missy Mazzoli’s Dissolve, O My Heart, commissioned for Koh by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and premiered by her in 2011, begins on a resonant and evocative D minor chord — the same one that opens the Chaconne of Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004. Kaija Saariaho’s 1994 Nocturne, in Memory of Witold Lutoslawski includes a sly reference to one of the dance movements in Bach’s Second Partita, which concludes Bach & Beyond Part 1.
              Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10
"...Highly recommended."
David Vernier - Classics - 13 April 2013

"...Koh is a thoughtful, sensitive, and technically accomplished violinit and her project is most interesting. She plays each of the piaces on this disc with knowledge of its style as well as the ability to coordinate and explain this unusual program... I think that the Koh project stands on its own merits ... that is a good reason to purchase her CD."

Maria Nockin - Fanfare - March/April 2013


 "A successful exploration of solo Bach and its legacy ..."

David Denton - The Strad magazine - February 2013

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