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Jennifer Koh: Solo Chaconnes
Jennifer Koh, violin
Cedille Records CDR 90000 060

"Now here's imaginative and illuminating programming for you . . . [a] winning, beautifully engineered disc." (

Bach's Chaconne for Solo Violin, the bedazzling finale to his Partita No. 2 in D minor, has awed audiences and fellow composers for nearly three centuries. Brahms called Bach's ingenuous meditation on a simple harmonic progression "one of the most wonderful, incomprehensible pieces of music . . . a whole world of the deepest thoughts and the most powerful feelings."

For her Cedille Records debut and first solo recording, Jennifer Koh performs Bach's complete Partita and presents two rarely heard late-Romantic solo chaconnes that Bach inspired.

A disciple of Brahms, violinist/composer Richard Barth's 1908 Ciacona in B minor reflects the virtuoso violin technique of the post-Paganini era and speaks in a rich tonal language. Max Reger's 1912 Chaconne in G minor updates the baroque form with an iridescent, neo-Wagnerian harmonic palette.

Winner of the top prize at the 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition and 1995 recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Miss Koh applies her "lucid phrasing, sensitivity, and suppleness" (New York Times) to all three works.
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

PROGRAM (57:22)

J.S. BACH (1685-1750)
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004 (1720) (31:42)
1. Allemanda (4:50)
2. Corrente (2:48)
3. Sarabanda (4:18)
4. Giga (4:14)
5. Ciaccona (15:25)

RICHARD BARTH (1850-1923)
6. Ciacona in B minor for Solo Violin, Op. 21 (1908) (13:12)

MAX REGER (1873-1916)
7. Chaconne in G minor for Solo Violin, Op. 117, No. 4 (1912) (12:12)

Recorded: Jan. & May 2001 at WFMT Chicago / Producer: James Ginsburg / Engineer: Bill Maylone / Cover Photography: Nesha & Kumiko Fotodesign / Design: Melanie Germond / Notes: Eric Wen