Daily Herald
By Bill Gowen | Daily Herald Correspondent
January 1, 2010

Chicago figures prominently in 2009's top 10 classical CDs

"Rhapsodic Musings: 21st Century Works for Solo Violin." Music by Elliott Carter, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Augusta Read Thomas and John Zorn. Jennifer Koh, violin. Cedille CDR 90000 113. Available at cedillerecords.org.

The latest Cedille recording from West suburban native Jennifer Koh includes Salonen's "Lachen Verlernt" ("Laughing Unlearnt") a work commissioned by Koh, along with Cedille and the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory. All the works performed on this program are the result of what Koh calls her "search for a sense of meaning" in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.