For the Record, Op. 94: Jennifer Koh, Limitless

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Violinist Jennifer Koh’s newest album features recently commissioned duo works, with Koh performing with the composers themselves. World-premiere recordings include Qasim Naqvi’s “The Banquet”; Lisa Bielawa’s “Sanctuary Songs”; Du Yun’s “Give Me Back My Fingerprints”; Tyshawn Sorey’s “In Memoriam Muhal Richard Abrams”; Wang Lu’s “Her Latitude”; and Vijay Iyer’s “The Diamond,” all newly commissioned by ARCO Collaborative. In addition to the new commissions, the album also includes Nina Young’s “Sun Propeller,” in its world-premiere recording, plus two pieces by Missy Mazzoli: “A Thousand Tongues” and “Vespers for Violin.” Koh worked closely with the composers as the pieces were being written. “Each collaboration has been truly special and unique,” Ms. Koh writes in the CD booklet, “and collectively, they reflect the multiplicity of voices that will guide our art form into the future.” BELOW: Jennifer Koh talks about “Limitless.”

…and here is a substantial interview with Jennifer, who talks with Jim Ginsburg’s Classical Chicago podcast about her life, and about this project: