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Solo Chaconnes - Bach, Reger, Barth / Jennifer Koh


Release Date: 11/27/2001 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 60   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachRichard BarthMax Reger
Performer:  Jennifer Koh
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Now here's imaginative and illuminating programming for you: Bach's D minor solo partita featuring its renowned Chaconne, followed by a pair of late-Romantic violin chaconnes loosely patterened after Bach's powerful model. I like the lightness of touch, sweetly singing tone, and intimate drama characterizing Jennifer Koh's superb reading of the Bach partita. Her sound is not huge and assertive in the manner of Gregory Fulkerson and Nathan Milstein's reference versions, yet Koh's rich palette of dynamics and articulations, together with her purposeful bass lines, add variety and color to the steady tempos she favors. These qualities allow Reger's craggy lines to unfold in an unpressured manner that
Read more both complements and contrasts to Michelle Makarski's starker, bigger-boned traversal on ECM.


Richard Barth (1850-1908) was a violinist in Brahms' circle who also conducted and taught. Koh makes a thoughtful and musicianly case for Barth's skillfully-crafted and well-sustained B minor Chaconne, a work more violinists should investigate. At least its attractions now are known to one grateful critic, who expects to return time and again to this winning, beautifully engineered disc.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jennifer Koh (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  WFMT Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 31 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Chaconne for Violin in B minor by Richard Barth
Performer:  Jennifer Koh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  WFMT Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Preludes and Fugues (8) for Violin solo, Op. 117: no 4 in G minor "Chaconne" by Max Reger
Performer:  Jennifer Koh (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1912; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  WFMT Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemanda
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: II. Corrente
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: II. Sarabanda
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Ciaccona
Ciacona in B minor for Violin, Op. 21
Preludes and Fugues, Op. 117: No. 4 in G minor, "Chaconne"

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