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Danses / Laurent Korcia

Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 4978   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Stéphane GrappelliHenri WieniawskiPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyIsaac Albeniz,   ... 
Performer:  Laurent Korcia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The borderlines between 19th-century virtuosity and café music are distinctly blurred in this highly entertaining disc. Laurent Korcia has all the technical bravado and interpretative charisma to breathe new life into such tried and tested violin warhorses as Wieniawski’s D major Polonaise, Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo and the Kreisler arrangement of Falla’s Danse espagnole. He turns on the seductive charm for Albéniz’s Tango and spins a suitably languorous melodic line in Ravel’s Pièce en forme de habanera. But Korcia also has a natural affinity with more overtly popular idioms, delivering wonderfully fluid renditions of Stéphane Grappelli’s Les valseuses and Piazzola’s Café 1930. He provides an equally Read more irresistible backdrop for the final item on the disc featuring the captivating Julie Depardieu in the chanson La villette. The programme cunningly juxtaposes items featuring the usual combination of violin and piano with more varied and imaginative instrumental accompaniments, none more striking than the combination of double bass and cimbalom which brings an extra ounce of paprika to the violinist’s brilliant arrangements of a sequence of Brahms’s Hungarian Dances. Fifty-two minutes may seem a little short for a recital disc, but with playing and a recording of this distinction, nobody should really complain.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Les Valseuses by Stéphane Grappelli
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Polonaise brillante for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 4 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Russia 
Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
La vida breve: Spanish Dance no 1 by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Slavonic Dance in E minor by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Notes: Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. 
History of the Tango: Café 1930 by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Hungarian Dance(s) by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1872; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Laurent Korcia. 
Polka, Op. 22 by Zino Francescatti
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Valse douce by Michel Portal
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 

Sound Samples

Les Valseuses (arr. L. Korcia and J.-E. Bavouzet): Les Valseuses (arr. for violin and piano)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (arr. L. Korcia): 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor (arr. L. Korcia)
Slavonic Dances, Series 1, Op. 46, B. 83 (arr. F. Kreisler): Slavonic Dances, Series 1, Op. 46, B. 83: No. 2 in E minor (arr. F. Kreisler)
Paratodos (arr. L. Sanchez)
Polonaise No. 1 in D major, Op. 4 (version for violin and piano): Polonaise No. 1 in D major, Op. 4
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (arr. L. Korcia): 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1: No. 4 in B minor (arr. L. Korcia)
Piece en forme de habanera
Valse douce
Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): Histoire du Tango: II. Cafe 1930 (arr. for violin and guitar)
Espana, Op. 165 (arr. F. Kreisler): Espana, Op. 165: II. Tango (arr. F. Kreisler)
Valse-scherzo, Op. 34 (version for violin and piano): Valse-scherzo, Op. 34 (arr. for violin and piano)
Polka, Op. 22
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (arr. L. Korcia): 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1: No. 2 in D minor (arr. L. Korcia)
La vida breve, Act II: Danse espagnole No. 1 (arr. F. Kreisler)
La Villette (arr. L. Korcia): La Villette

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