The New York Times
By Vivien Schweitzer
December 16, 2010
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Getting to Know Schumann Again, With Some Favorites

Jennifer Koh: Schumann Sonatas for Violin and piano, Reiko Uchida, piano
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In Schumann’s catalog of chamber works, his three sonatas for violin and piano are not performed as often as his popular Piano Quintet or “Fantasiestücke.” With sensitive musicianship, the violinist Jennifer Koh and the pianist Reiko Uchida illuminate the charm and depth of these three works, in which the two instruments have an equal role. Particularly impressive is their performance of the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, a key that for Schumann (as for Mozart) had a particular significance, implying emotional turbulence.

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