String Poetic

Cleveland Plain Dealer
By Donald Rosenberg / Plain Dealer Music Critic
Thursday April 17, 2008
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As prelude to Jennifer Koh's performances of the Ligeti Violin Concerto with CityMusic Cleveland May 6-11, here's her new disc of 20th- and 21st-century American pieces. The fare is colorful and enticing, with Jennifer Higdon's "String Poetic" showing the composer's high affinity for tonal description. Carl Ruggles' spiky "Mood," Lou Harrison's endearing, robust "Grand Duo" and John Adams' alluring "Road Movies" also provide Koh with opportunities to radiate charisma. Reiko Uchida is the fine pianist. Grade: A

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