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Rhapsodic Musings - Carter, Salonen, Zorn, et al / Jennifer Koh

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> Lachen verlernt - Lachen verlernt
> 4 Lauds - No. 1. Statement: Remembering Aaron
> 4 Lauds - No. 2. Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi
> 4 Lauds - No. 3. Rhapsodic Musings
> 4 Lauds - No. 4. Fantasy: Remembering Roger
> Pulsar - Pulsar
> Goetia - I. —
> Goetia - II. —
> Goetia - III. —
> Goetia - IV. —
> Goetia - V. —
> Goetia - VI. —
> Goetia - VII. —
> Goetia - VIII. —

Album Summary

>Salonen, Esa-Pekka : Lachen Verlernt
>Carter, Elliott : Lauds (4), for solo violin
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Pulsar, for solo violin
>Zorn, John : Goetia, 8 incantations for violin
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Koh is a magnificent and exciting artist, establishing from the first notes of the first piece a vital, vibrant presence, her instrument truly speaking in whatever language the notes, phrases, melodies, harmonies, and "effects" suggest. She has showed similar technical prowess and artistic accomplishment in many other Cedille recordings... Here she does seem to be in her own special world, not knowing or necessarily caring if we're listening--just playing her heart out in these difficult but ultimately accessible and engaging pieces." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

"incandescent readings . . . Koh's account of [Carter's] "Riconoscenza" is particularly striking for its rich tone and its evocative touches of portamento. Her free, expressive vibrato similarly enlivens "Pulsar" (2005), a fluid fantasy by Augusta Read Thomas. And Ms. Koh makes the eight aphoristic movements of John Zorn's "Goetia" (2002) into a magnificently varied, thoroughly unpedantic overview of contemporary violin techniques, in which playfulness and introspection mingle." -NY Times "Koh, a virtuoso with an ear for the music of her own time, teams with pianist Reiko Uchida to offer a winning survey of 20th- and 21st-Century pieces for violin and piano . . ." -Detroit Free Press



Reviews

21st Century Violin Solos
Violin virtuoso, Jennifer Koh, presents a series of works by contemporary composers in this combo DVD-CD album. For those music lovers of solo violin works who wish to delve into the more expressionist recent music this album is recommended. Conductor/Composer, Esa-Pekka Salonens Lachen Verlernt, inspired by Schoenbergs Singspiel, Pierot Lunaire, probes whole tone scale triple stops with open E string ostinato. This chaconne sparkles with light, scale-wise passages with occasional ponticello bowing producing a glassy tone alternating with sul tasto or natural bowing masterfully played. Tal Rosners accompanying video graphically portrays the angular piece in striking color and shape combinations. Composer Elliott Carters Four Lauds, is a collection of solo violin pieces written in honor of his friends: Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, Goffredo Petrassi, Robert Mann, Ole Bhn and Rolf Schulte. Ms. Koh uses her considerable technique to express the flying and interrupted atonal melodic lines. A string tremolo passage in Fantasy sports simultaneous left hand pizzicato, which is akin to patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. Pulsar by Augusta Read Thomas is an intensely evocative work opening with sequences around F on the E string, then pulsating into other registers. The difficult delicate pianissimo phrasing in the upper register is remarkably performed. John Zorns Goetia, written for Ms. Koh, consists of eight short movements or incantations. The form of each movement is a tone row, based on Schoenbergs twelve tone technique. Zorn employs the same strict sequence of 277 pitches, which can be transformed across a range of four octaves and in disparate combinations and rhythms. Ms. Kohn demonstrates her technical ability and dynamic sensitivity admirably.
Submitted on 11/11/09 by geobmus54 
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Works Details

>Salonen, Esa-Pekka : Lachen Verlernt
  • Performer: Jennifer Koh (Violin)
  • Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (06/01/2008/06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Carter, Elliott : Lauds (4), for solo violin
  • Performer: Jennifer Koh (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Pulsar, for solo violin
  • Performer: Jennifer Koh (Violin)
  • Notes: Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (06/01/2008/06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Zorn, John : Goetia, 8 incantations for violin
  • Performer: Jennifer Koh (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern