BACH AND BEYOND PART II: JENNIFER KOH (2 CDs)
Bach & Beyond, Part 2
Jennifer Koh (violin)
Bach, J S: Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV1002
Bach, J S: Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001
Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117
Violinist Jennifer Koh’s 'Bach & Beyond Part 2' is the newest instalment in a three-CD cycle based on her ground-breaking, multi-year recital series of the same name. Koh, “a masterly Bach interpreter and a champion of contemporary repertory” (The New York Times), performs J S Bach’s landmark violin Sonatas and Partitas alongside 20th and 21st century solo violin works they’ve inspired, including new commissions.
'Bach & Beyond Part 2' offers J S Bach’s expressive Sonata No.1 and contemplative Partita No.1 for solo violin, Bela Bartok’s lyrical Sonata for Solo Violin, and the world premiere recording of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s alluring, otherworldly Frises for violin and electronics.
In concert and on disc, Koh’s adventurous 'Bach and Beyond' programs have yielded transcendent listening experiences that illuminate Bach’s violin cornerstones and works by latter-day composers Koh deeply admires. “The juxtapositions have been hailed as brilliantly insightful programming while the demanding and daring performances showcase the dynamic, even athletic, fiddling of an artist at the top of her game”, said the Santa Barbara Independent.