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Jonah Kim

Approaching Autumn


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KODALY SONATA Op. 8 for Solo Cello
Verdi - NABUCCO "VA, PENSIERO" feat. Julia Rowe, ballet
1 Kodaly: Cello Sonata in B Minor, Op. 8, K. 38_ I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato  
2 II. Adagio con grand_ espressione  
3 III. Allegro molto vivace  
4 Abel: Approaching Autumn  
5 Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36_ I. Allegro agitato  
6 II. Andante molto tranquillo  
7 III. Allegro moto e marcato  
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Jonah Kim, one of America's finest young cellists, steps out in this wide-ranging program, joined by esteemed collaborative pianist Robert Koenig. Kim begins the program with a Mount Everest for cellists, the Sonata for Solo Cello by Zoltán Kodály. Kim has had a lifelong affection for the work, and delivers a thrilling performance. The album's title work, Approaching Autumn, is an atmospheric and adventurous duo in one movement. Kim and Koenig weave their way poetically through Mark Abel's enchanting creation, in its premiere recording. The final offering is Edvard Grieg's beloved 19th century masterpiece, the Sonata for Cello and Piano, which has attracted such luminaries as Pablo Casals, Artur Rubinstein, Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter, to perform it live.

With his pulsating vibrato and intense expressivity, Kim asserts the cello's eloquent personality throughout the varied atmospheres." - DONALD ROSENBERG, GRAMOPHONE

"A moving and musically satisfying performance... Kim's full-bodied, rounded cello sound is ideal for the work's Romantic lyricism and the energy and passion of his playing carry the listener along." - JANET BANKS, THE STRAD

"He flirted with the line, shaped it, wrapped it around his fingers, pulled it out in a new dimension, all with practiced ease."

"A master of nuance and dynamics. I was reminded of the great violinist Mischa Elman, who was known for his stupendous tone."

"A most vivid and memorable performance. A dominant artist in any context, musically and physically, the standing ovation was punctuated with shouts of bravo." - SCOTT MACCLELLAND, PERFORMING ARTS MONTEREY BAY

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