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Rob Cowan
Gramophone, May 2012

Koh and Uchida favour a more classical approach…Koh and Uchida play the Third Sonata with a compassionate heart and a cool head…The recordings are excellent. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Steve Smith
The New York Times, December 2010

In Schumann’s catalog of chamber works, his three sonatas for violin and piano are not performed as often as his popular Piano Quintet or “Fantasiestücke.” With sensitive musicianship, the violinist Jennifer Koh and the pianist Reiko Uchida illuminate the charm and depth of these three works, in which the two instruments have an equal role. Particularly impressive is their performance of the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, a key that for Schumann (as for Mozart) had a particular significance, implying emotional turbulence.



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2007

Having posited a possible reason why Schumann’s violin sonatas may not be as popular as they might otherwise be, I can tell you that they are gorgeous, and without doubt among the finest pieces of chamber music Schumann produced. If the third movements respectively of the D-Minor and A-Minor (No. 3) Sonatas don’t move you to tears, I can’t imagine any music that will.

[Koh’s] playing on this disc is of a transfiguring refinement and beauty that somehow manages to blend a sense of angelic chastity with a sense of profound human knowingness. In his good years, this was what Menuhin sounded like. Pianist Reiko Uchida vibrates in resonance with Koh as a silvery sun-drenched willow reed sways in the breeze. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review





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