Compact Disc Recordings

  1. Bach & Beyond Part 1

    Signs, Games + Messages

    Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh and virtuoso pianist Shai Wosner play 20th-century works by three remarkable Central European composers who intertwine folkloric influences with their own unmistakable originality.

    The album includes Leoš Janáček’s Moravian influenced Sonata for violin and piano, Béla Bartók’s impassioned Violin Sonata No. 1, and compelling miniatures by György Kurtág, including Tre Pezzi for violin and piano and selections from Signs, Games and Messages.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer praised Koh’s “strikingly beautiful” playing in the Bartok sonata. Wosner brought a “diaphanous tone deeply sympathetic to the Debussy-like writing” to the Janáček.


Bach & Beyond Part 1
The Singing Rooms
Rhapsodic Musings: 21st century works for solo violin
String Poetic: American Works for Violin and Piano
Jennifer Koh: Schumann Sonatas for Violin and piano, Reiko Uchida, piano
Jennifer Koh: Portraits
Violin Fantasies
Solo Chaconnes
Menotti Violin Concerto
Klami Violin Concerto

 



  1. Bach & Beyond Part 1

    Bach & Beyond Part I

    Bach & Beyond Part I is the first in a three-part series of studio recordings based on her challenging and inventive recital series that explores the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas to modern day composers including newly commissioned works.

    "Koh consistently dives wholeheartedly into her material and plays with decisive articulation and a full, focused tone." New Jersey Star-Ledger

    "Koh‘s Bach & Beyond Part 1 demonstrates the violinist’s ability to tackle the most technically difficult and melodically tangled music with clarity and ease." The Contrapuntist

    Reviews & features

    classicstoday.com
    [Artistic Quality: 10
    Sound Quality: 10]
    Audiophile Audition
    The New York Times
    [The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012]
    nj.com [Best of Classical 2012]
    Chicago Tribune
    [CD of the week]
    Examiner.com
    nj.com


  2. The Singing Rooms

    The Singing Rooms

    Jennifer Koh, violin
    Robert Spano, conductor
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    Jennifer Higdon: The Singing Rooms

    "The Singing Rooms," a violin concerto with an equally important part for chorus, was sparked by a request from violinist Jennifer Koh, for whom Higdon had previously composed a sonata with piano called String Poetic (2006). The piece is part of a commissioning consortium with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra with funding through grants from the NEA and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund.

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  3. Rhapsodic Musings

    Rhapsodic Musings
    21st century works for solo violin

    Works by Elliott Carter, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Augusta Read Thomas and John Zorn

    When Jennifer Koh performs new music, she invests "her entire heart and soul" in the enterprise (San Francisco Chronicle).

    On her album, Rhapsodic Musings, Koh brings her "deep musicality and an ear for the fine points of composers’ styles" (The New York Times) to works from the dawn of the 21st century by Elliott Carter, John Zorn, Augusta Read Thomas, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    Koh’s playing is sure to win new fans for Carter’s Four Lauds (1984–2000), a series of ingenious miniatures commemorating fellow musicians; Zorn’s mystical Goetia (2002), eight occult incantations using the same sequence of 277 pitches; Thomas’s blazing Pulsar (2002), which the composer describes as a "passionate, urgent, seductive" musical journey of self-discovery; and Salonen’s chaconne-like Lachen Verlernt (2002), a mini-drama that gains momentum as it unfolds with sounds "both furious and strangely gorgeous" (Los Angeles Times).

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  4. String Poetic

    String Poetic
    American Works for Violin and Piano

    Grammy Nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance!

    Jennifer Koh, violin
    Reiko Uchida, piano

    World Premieres of works by Jennifer Higdon and Lou Harrison, plus music by John Adams and Carl Ruggles.

    One of music’s brightest young stars, “prodigiously talented” (The New York Times) violinist Jennifer Koh presents a hand-picked program of inventive and attractive American works for violin and piano, spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The album takes its name from Jennifer Higdon’s String Poetic (2006), written expressly for Ms. Koh -- a world-premiere recording. Its diverse moods, harmonic approaches, and styles take full advantage of Ms. Koh’s wide musical palette.

    The CD also features Carl Ruggles’ atmospheric and enigmatic Moods (1918); Lou Harrison’s dance-infused Grand Duo (1988), and John Adams’ propulsive Road Movies (1995).

    Ms. Koh’s “penetrating intelligence,” “white-hot imagination,” and “focused, sweet-toned playing” (Washington Post) are brilliantly displayed on this album of exhilarating American discoveries.

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  5. Schumann

    Schumann
    The Sonatas for Violin and Piano

    Jennifer Koh, violin
    Reiko Uchida, piano

    Playing and recording the Schumann Sonatas is one of my most personal projects to date. Schumann’s music has always compelled me as a musician and a listener for as long as I can remember. Schumann’s music is the most human with its viscerally haunting, obsessive, tender and vulnerable extremes. One can connect a lifetime of experiences - birth, love, hate, death - into every phrase of his music. These disparate experiences are tied together into one life - one phrase - one movement - one sonata - in Schumann’s music.

    A single phrase is like a poignant memory that returns and with each visit is reborn more vividly, more passionately, more tenderly than before.
    — Jennifer Koh

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  6. Portraits

    Portraits

    SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35
    MARTINU: Violin Concerto No. 2, H. 293
    BARTOK: Two Portraits, Op. 5

    Grant Park Orchestra
    Carlos Kalmar, conductor

    "10/10 - Koh offers three works for violin and orchestra by three very different Eastern European composers, none of them over-exposed and all of them distinctive. In other words, the complete program is as coherent and well thought-out as the performances are outstanding." - ClassicsToday.com

    "Jennifer Koh is a risk-taking, high-octane player of the kind who grabs the listener by the ears and refuses to let go. . . . A scorching talent that should on no account be missed." - The Strad

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  7. Violin Fantasies

    Violin Fantasies

    Jennifer Koh, violin
    Reiko Uchida, piano

    "What a truly sensational disc this is! Awards are often given for best instrumental, orchestral, vocal, chamber music discs. I find Cedille Records CDR 90000 073 simply one of the few great CDs." (Audiophile Audition)

    "Fantasy" offers a composer one of the freest possible musical forms. When I first began thinking about this recording, I saw an opportunity to present a program of four very different composers speaking through this very free form in their distinct voices. In the months preceding the recording sessions, I lost two friends in close succession. Fortunately, I had the work of preparing these fantasies to delve into. In the midst of my preparations, I began to perceive a common thread among the pieces, besides the theme of "fantasy." I began to understand each piece as a life's journey. Each fantasy expressed itself as an entire life to me: a search to find one's own path with all of its joys and struggles along the way. I would like to dedicate this recording to my two friends and to the celebration of life. — Jennifer Koh

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  8. Jennifer Koh: Solo Chaconnes

    Jennifer Koh: Solo Chaconnes

    "Now here's imaginative and illuminating programming for you . . . [a] winning, beautifully engineered disc." (ClassicsToday.com)

    Bach's Chaconne for Solo Violin, the bedazzling finale to his Partita No. 2 in D minor, has awed audiences and fellow composers for nearly three centuries. Brahms called Bach's ingenuous meditation on a simple harmonic progression "one of the most wonderful, incomprehensible pieces of music . . . a whole world of the deepest thoughts and the most powerful feelings."

    For her Cedille Records debut and first solo recording, Jennifer Koh performs Bach's complete Partita and presents two rarely heard late-Romantic solo chaconnes that Bach inspired.

    A disciple of Brahms, violinist/composer Richard Barth's 1908 Ciacona in B minor reflects the virtuoso violin technique of the post-Paganini era and speaks in a rich tonal language. Max Reger's 1912 Chaconne in G minor updates the baroque form with an iridescent, neo-Wagnerian harmonic palette.

    Winner of the top prize at the 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition and 1995 recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Miss Koh applies her "lucid phrasing, sensitivity, and suppleness" (New York Times) to all three works.

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  9. Menotti

    Menotti

    Gian Carlo Menotti
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    Spoleto Festival Orchestra
    Richard Hickox, conductor

    Recorded live at the 2001 Spoleto Festival, Italy.

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  10. Menotti

    Klami - Whirls, Act 1

    Uuno Klami
    Violin Concerto, Op. 32

    Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    Osmo Vänskä, conductor

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