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Doubles Jeux - Debussy, Bartok, Etc / Korcia, Aubert, Et Al


Release Date: 11/20/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5066   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Maurice RavelMichel PortalClaude DebussyHenri Wieniawski,   ... 
Performer:  Laurent KorciaMichael WendebergMichel PortalNemanja Radulovic,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jean-Louis Aubert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Laurent Korcia is not only an uncommonly accomplished violinist but also an uncommonly original programmer. One would not normally expect to find Debussy, Ravel and Bartók rubbing shoulders with Wieniawski, Denza, Massenet, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and Michel Legrand. It's a tribute to both his technique and his vision that the juxtaposition is so joyfully successful.

The Reinhardt, Grappelli and Legrand pieces, in which Korcia joins with Florin Niculescu, accompanied by cello and guitar, really do swing, while in the Debussy Sonata (with Michael Wendeberg) Korcia combines exquisitely graceful phrasing with dash and control on his 1719 Stradivarius. Of course, it's not so much the sheer diversity of musical
Read more material that is the CD's raison d'être as the examples of Korcia working with a diverse range of French performers. This he did in his "Danses" collection, which Ivan March welcomed enthusiastically (4/05). It's an approach that could have turned this venture into something of a gimmick if individual egos had been allowed to take over. Fortunately not so! Instead, the various partnerships – two violins on three tracks, violin and bandoneon on two, and so on – come together for the greater glory of heartfelt music-making.

The one discordant element for this listener is the crooning of chansonnier Jean-Louis Aubert in the closing Massenet and Denza items -19th-century salon music through and through. Yet even that is a small enough price to pay for what is overall such gloriously fresh and exhilarating entertainment.

– Andrew Lamb, Gramophone [2/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major: 2nd movement, Blues by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Michael Wendeberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1927; France 
2.
Minor Waltz by Michel Portal
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Michel Portal (Bandoneon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Michael Wendeberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
4.
L'école moderne, Op. 10: no 5 in E flat major "Caprice alla Saltarella" by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Nemanja Radulovic (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854 
5.
Minor Tango by Laurent Korcia
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Michael Wendeberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 35, Ruthenian kolomejka by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Nemanja Radulovic (Violin), Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
7.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 18, Menetelo nota II by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Nemanja Radulovic (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
8.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 28, Sorrow by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Nemanja Radulovic (Violin), Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Budapest, Hungary 
9.
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98: no 44, Transylvanian Dance by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Nemanja Radulovic (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Budapest, Hungary 
10.
Duo for Violin and Cello by Gideon Klein
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Tatjana Vassilieva (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Bohemia 
11.
Minor Swing by Stéphane Grappelli
Performer:  Florin Niculescu (Violin), Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
12.
Tears by Stéphane Grappelli
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Florin Niculescu (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953). 
13.
Les parapluies de Cherbourg: I Will Wait for You (Je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi) by Michel Legrand
Performer:  Laurent Korcia (Violin), Florin Niculescu (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1964; France 
14.
Elégie by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Michael Wendeberg (Piano), Jean-Louis Aubert (), Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1869; France 
15.
Les pęcheurs de perles: Ton coeur n'as pas compris by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Michael Wendeberg (Piano), Laurent Korcia (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jean-Louis Aubert
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 

Sound Samples

Minor Swing (arr. F. Niculescu): Minor Swing
Minor Waltz
Violin Sonata in G major: II. Blues
Violin Sonata in G minor: I. Allegro vivo
Violin Sonata in G minor: II. Intermede: Fantastique et leger
Violin Sonata in G minor: III. Finale: Tres anime
7 Etudes-caprices, Op. 18: No. 1 in G minor
Minor Tango
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 35. Ruten kolomejka
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 18. Menetelo nota 2 (Marching song 2)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 28. Bankodas (Sorrow)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 44. Erdelyi tanc (Transylvanian dance)
Duo for Violin and Cello: I. Allegro con fuoco
Tears (arr. S. Niculescu): Tears
Les parapluies de Cherbourg: Theme
Elegie
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