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Mark Stryker
Detroit Free Press, August 2010

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.

Carson Cooman
Fanfare, November 2008

The disc is worth the…Creative pieces by Jennifer Higdon and a modern classic by John Adams…are other highlights of a beautifully played recital album.

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James Reel
Strings Magazine, October 2008

everything here is immediately communicative, thanks not only to the composers’ styles, but also to the finesse of Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida. Read complete review

Carson Cooman
Fanfare, September 2008

Possessed of great technical skill, exquisite tone, and engaging interpretive personality, [Jennifer Koh’s] name should, and I predict will, become even better known.

…[String Poetic] plays to Koh’s strengths, calling upon her formidable technical skill and upon her ability to invest every melodic line with substance and meaning. …In this piece, as everywhere in this program, pianist Reiko Uchida is entirely Koh’s equal in technique and sensitivity. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review

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