The young American violinist Jennifer 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 on “String Poetic”. Jennifer Higdon, who won the Pulitzer Prize this year for her Violin Concerto, wrote the engaging if sometimes overly busy and athletic title work.
Carl Ruggles’ meditative “Mood” (1918) is filled with deliciously yearning dissonance, while Lou Harrison’s “Grand Duo” (1988) reinterprets baroque dances with high-spirited flair. John Adams’ “Road Movies” could almost be a sequel, grooving down the highway to an infectious beat. Koh sounds right at home.