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Jennifer Koh: Violin Fantasies
Jennifer Koh, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano
Cedille Records CDR 90000 073

"What a truly sensational disc this is! Awards are often given for best instrumental, orchestral, vocal, chamber music discs. I find Cedille Records CDR 90000 073 simply one of the few great CDs." (Audiophile Audition)

"Fantasy" offers a composer one of the freest possible musical forms. When I first began thinking about this recording, I saw an opportunity to present a program of four very different composers speaking through this very free form in their distinct voices. In the months preceding the recording sessions, I lost two friends in close succession. Fortunately, I had the work of preparing these fantasies to delve into. In the midst of my preparations, I began to perceive a common thread among the pieces, besides the theme of "fantasy." I began to understand each piece as a life's journey. Each fantasy expressed itself as an entire life to me: a search to find one's own path with all of its joys and struggles along the way. I would like to dedicate this recording to my two friends and to the celebration of life. Jennifer Koh
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PROGRAM (55:36)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
1. Fantasie in C Major for Violin and Piano, D. 934 (24:27)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
2. Fantasie in C Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 131 (15:34)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
3. Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment, Op. 47 (8:53)

Ornette Coleman (b. 1930)
4. "Trinity" - Fantasy for Solo Violin (6:17)

Recorded: February 25-27 and March 19-20, 2003 at the Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC / Producer & Engineer: Judith Sherman / Assistant Engineer: Jeanne Velonis / Digital Editing: Bill Maylone / Graphic Design: Melanie Germond & Pete Goldlust / Front Cover Photo: Janette Beckmann / Notes: Andrea Lamoreaux / PUBLISHERS: Schoenberg: 1952 CF Peters; Coleman: 1987 Ornette Coleman