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Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2019

Chicago native Jennifer Koh, one of today’s premier violinists when it comes to exploring new works of music and previously undiscovered ones, is at it again in Part 2 of “Bach & Beyond.” This series explores J. S. Bach’s wonderfully inventive and ever onward probing sonatas and partitas for solo violin and their resonance down to composers of more recent times. As Bach biographer Martin Geck so aptly puts it, “Melody and harmony in one. That is the message of the six solos, which constitute as well an encyclopedia of the violin: prelude, fugue, concerto, aria, variation, dance—all are performable on it.”

Koh handles the musical material with style and dispatch, and no nonsense. © 2019 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, January 2016

Jennifer Koh has a stirring way about her. There is perfect technical prowess, but there is also an intimate understanding of the music and a personal approach that marks this Volume 2 as a significant statement, an artistic triumph. © Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, September 2015

Koh, as always, is superb, her intelligence and interpretation always matching her outstanding technique. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review

Peter Quantrill
The Strad, August 2015

There’s a feeling of power in reserve about Jennifer Koh’s playing, which is never louder than lovely, and underneath the sleekly sustained lines and discreetly tapered phrase-ends is the violinistic equivalent of a V8 engine purring away. She makes good sense of the fugues in both Bartók’s Solo Sonata and Bach’s G minor without digging into the counterpoint. © 2015 The Strad Read complete review

David Vernier, June 2015

…as a violinist my enthusiastically positive impression of this recording is centered in admiration and appreciation of Koh’s artistry, in every sense, and in her commitment to finding new and meaningful ways to express it. © 2015 Read complete review

John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune, May 2015

…Kaija Saariaho’s…four-part piece at times finds Koh playing eerie duets with her electronically processed self. The effect is memorably haunting. © 2015 Chicago Tribune Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, May 2015

…the performances themselves are impressively solid. Koh always seems to find the right way to bring expressiveness to her interpretations, even when they are grounded in the mastery of purely technical skills. Furthermore, as far as programming is concerned, there is much to be said for recordings in which one does not listen to the Bach compositions one right after the other. Having other composers on each CD encourages the listener to seek out new ways of thinking about Bach and probably also new ways of thinking about the other composers. © 2015 Read complete review

Bob Neill
Positive Feedback Online, May 2015

Koh plays Bach with the intuitive freedom and rightness of one who knows this music so well she has almost moved beyond the score. On top of this, her tone is smooth but never cloying, forceful but never assertive. © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

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