Schumann: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Schumann: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano

by Jennifer Koh
     
 

It would not be surprising if the Schumann violin sonatas seem like unfamiliar or even unknown pieces of music. They are unjustifiably a much less-highlighted segment of the composer's oeuvre. If an introduction to these three sonatas is needed, one could hardly do better than this recording of violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida.See more details below

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It would not be surprising if the Schumann violin sonatas seem like unfamiliar or even unknown pieces of music. They are unjustifiably a much less-highlighted segment of the composer's oeuvre. If an introduction to these three sonatas is needed, one could hardly do better than this recording of violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida. Both artists offer technically superb performances. Koh's playing sports magnificently accurate intonation, a dazzling breadth of tone color and dynamics, and a richly refined sound. Uchida's performance is equally clean, sparkling, and technically masterful. Despite their plentiful skills as technicians at their individual instruments, there is no shortage of sensitivity, elegance, and true musicianship. Their recorded sound is everything that could be hoped for -- wonderful balance throughout, limited reverberation, and a presence that gives the impression that the listener is sitting on the edge of the stage as the performance takes place. The three sonatas themselves are on par with (or maybe even surpass) many of Schumann's more familiar chamber works. The "Third Sonata" is of additional interest because while the third and fourth movements were in fact composed by Schumann, the first movement was written by his student Dietrich and the second movement by Brahms. Add all this up, throw in some well-written and informative liner notes, and the result is a wonderfully enjoyably album suitable for any collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Anastasia Tsioulcas
Koh plays with absolute assuredness, inviting warmth and a fresh spirit. It's a welcome addition to her growing discography.
San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida make a strong case for these three minor-key works, in lyrical, taut and mutually responsive performances.
Denver Post - Kyle MacMillan
[Koh] combines passion with an emotional depth that belies her age in these powerful performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Cedille
UPC:
0735131909525
catalogNumber:
95
Rank:
350554

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Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105  - Robert Schumann  - Reiko Uchida  - Jennifer Koh  - Melanie Germond
  2. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121  - Robert Schumann  - Reiko Uchida  - Jennifer Koh  - Melanie Germond
  3. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in A minor, WoO 27  - Robert Schumann  - Reiko Uchida  - Jennifer Koh  - Melanie Germond

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