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Bach and Beyond, Part I

Bach and Beyond, Part I by Jennifer Koh
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Cedille
Violinists often turn to the Bach partitas when making a solo CD, and Koh doesn't buck the trend. Where she distinguishes herself is in the playing -- particularly in No. 3, which closes this album (check the "Ciaccona"). The inclusion of a Saariaho piece fulfills the "beyond Bach" rubric, and it's well done. Even better is "Dissolve, O My Heart," by Missy Mazzoli, in which the gravity is cut with the occasional spirited figure. It's enough to make you forgive the snoozer choice of Ysa├┐e's sonatas, which are well played, but aren't of much compositional interest outside their Bach connection.
Seth Colter Walls
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