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Shape Of My Heart / Katia Labeque

Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Kml Recordings   Catalog #: 2119   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  StingThomas YorkeDavid ChalminErik Satie,   ... 
Performer:  Katia LabèqueStingDavid ChalminChick Corea,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Young classical pianists exploring idiomatic crossovers are old news now, but France's Labèque sisters and the UK's Joanna MacGregor were among the first to investigate other musical languages with real empathy. Now Katia Labèque has released an album of solo performances and duets – the latter with three jazz piano giants in Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, as well as two tracks for Sting on vocals, plus Dimension X producer/guitarist David Chalmin. The conversations with the three pianists all represent eloquent balances of Labeque's fragile precision against freewheeling improvisational energy. My Funny Valentine (with Hancock) shifts from wistful beginnings to a driving boogie; We Will Meet Again (with Read more Corea) is a fitting tribute to composer Bill Evans's delicate clarity; and Besame Mucho (with Rubalcaba) grows turbulent in its middle section. Sting is a little theatrical, and Chalmin's Purple Diamond has a faintly David Brent-like fervency, but Erik Satie's Gnossienne No 3 is as exquisite as always. It all feels like a bit of a marketing exercise – but it's mostly a classy one.

- John Fordham - The Guardian [10/30/2009]


1. Moon Over Bourbon Street
2. Shape of My Heart
3. We Will Meet Again
4. My Funny Valentine
5. Prélude n°4 in E Minor
6. Exit Music
7. Notes to the Future
8. Because
9. Besame Mucho
10. Gnossienne n°3
11. Purple Diamond
12. Meditation
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Works on This Recording

Moon Over Bourbon Street by Sting
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Sting (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Shape of My Heart by Sting
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Sting (Voice)
Exit Music (for a Film) by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Purple Diamond by David Chalmin
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), David Chalmin (Voice/Guitar)
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 3, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
We Will Meet Again by Bill Evans
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Chick Corea (Piano)
Babes in arms: My funny valentine by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Herbie Hancock (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Besame Mucho by Consuelo Velásquez
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Piano)

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