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Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, November 2014

The Bach is played with refreshing vigor. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Maria Nockin
Fanfare, November 2014

Koh and Laredo play with both virtuosity and sensitivity. © 2014 Fanfare



Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The New York Times, September 2014

Pride, gratitude and tenderness are the key ingredients in the student-teacher dynamic uniting the violinist Jennifer Koh and her mentor Jaime Laredo and they make for a richly satisfying listening experience on this disc of double concertos. Anchoring it is that of Bach, with a gorgeous slow movement framed by brisk and communicative playing. There are intense emotions, too, in Anna Clyne’s “Prince of Clouds” and David Ludwig’s “Seasons Lost,” two specially commissioned works, and broody introspection in Philip Glass’s “Echorus.” © 2014 The New York Times



Maria Nockin
Fanfare, September 2014

Koh and Laredo…[on] the Bach Double Concerto…take the first movement at a lively pace, maintaining beauty of tone as well as amazing technical proficiency. The Largo is smooth and enchanting as it leads into the finale…the soloists seem to be having a great deal of fun showing off their abilities.

When Koh and Laredo play Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds, they bring out its softness and its ability to make the listener want to run out and look for clouds in the sky. The new music on this disc is well written and deserving of serious attention. I think that lovers of both Bach and new music will want to own this disc. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert Maxham
Fanfare, September 2014

The duo adopts quick…Both soloists produce a modern sound that blends well their soloistic counterpart and with the ensemble…their playing sounds equally homogeneous, as well as highly energetic, in the finale.

The program evinces a sort of continuity more integral even than the close interaction of the two soloists and the unifying string sonorities…the recital should appeal broadly for its performances and for its program…Strongly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




David Vernier
ClassicsToday.com, August 2014

Koh and Laredo are in total command and are completely committed to the music and to convincing us regarding the worthiness of this program. There’s not a weak composition or questionable moment in these performances—and Cedille’s sound…is in keeping with the label’s traditionally high standard. Highly recommended. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, July 2014

These two violinists are excellent in their own right, and their sensitive communication in the Bach is evident in every passage played. Their playing is energetic, sensitive, and expressive. © 2014 My Classical Notes Read complete review



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, June 2014

The solo performers are two consummate artists, so you would expect nothing from them but the very best. The violinists shine in their individual right…Their partnership is energetic, felicitous, and expressive, admirably and pleasurably so.

Throughout the program the Curtis 20/20 Ensemble play as though a third member of a trio, contributing equally to the proceedings. They are not just a background accompaniment but an integral part of the music, sharing substantially in a most-pleasing outcome.

…excellent sound. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review




Lewis J. Whittington
ConcertoNet.com, May 2014

Violinist Jennifer Koh is an in-demand soloist on concert stages all over the world, but her partnership with Jaime Laredo, her violin teacher when she attended the Curtis Institute of Music, was the stuff of musical kismet. You can catch it even on their new recording, Two X Four, a certain X factor they conjure, between sublime musical energy and clean technique. The very well thought out play list of two violin soloists playing four composers explores the duo’s range, with works by JS Bach, Philip Glass and the recording premieres of works by Anna Clyne and David Ludwig. © 2014 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, May 2014

The idea of Two X Four…sweetly attests to the commitment of violinist Jennifer Koh and her teacher-colleague Jaime Laredo to present four two-violin concertos—including two world premieres—by diverse composers…

Sterling sonics from Engineer George Blood keep our ears pounding. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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