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String Poetic -- American Works: A 21st Century Perspective is the fifth album violinist Jennifer Koh has made for Çedille Records; here pianist Reiko Uchida, who is a member of Columbia University's Moebius Ensemble, joins Koh in a recital of four works. A highly interesting program puts a challenge to received notions as to what shakes out in terms of twentieth century literature now that the border to the twenty first has been crossed. It combines the music of historic American "ultra-modernists" -- composers marginalized during a period of serial dominance over the academies -- with two darlings of postmodernism: John Adams and Jennifer Higdon. It is perhaps not surprising, but certainly musically satisfying, that some points of similarity appear along the way. Higdon's prominence as a composer is certainly a development within the twenty first century rather than the twentieth. Although Higdon made some productive strides in the 1990s, the orchestral works City Scape and her Concerto for... Hide synopsis

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