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On this new Naïve recording, award-winning French violinist Laurent Korcia joins conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège in a performance of the Concertos of Tchaikovsky and Korngold. Both are written in the key of D major, and both bear the same opus number, 35.
French violinist Laurent Korcia studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and since receiving a Premier Prix at the end of his time there, has won the Paganini Competition in Genoa, a Grand Prix at the Jacques Thibaud Competition, the Premier Grand Prix at the international Zino Francescatti Competition and a scholarship from the Young Concert Artists Trust in London. In 2002, he was awarded the Victoires de la Musique as instrumental soloist of the year in France and was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Laurent Korcia performs regularly with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Emmanuel Krivine, Kurt Masur, Michel Plasson, Tugan Sokhiev, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, and Walter Weller. He includes solo violin recitals in his concert repertoire, with programmes ranging from Bach to contemporary music.
Apart from his recordings for Naïve which include Danses/Double Jeux (V5133) and a CD devoted to the music of Bartók (V4991), Laurent Korcia has also released albums for RCA, Naxos, and EMI (the top-selling album ‘Cinema’).
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
I. Moderato nobile
II. Romanze: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
“Korcia stamps his individuality on every phrase and wrings every ounce of expression out of the glorious Korngold.”
“Korcia shapes [Korngold's] phrases with warmth and affection - but never at the expense of the concerto rolling onward - through subtleties of tone colour and emotional inflection, always observant of the score's dynamic markings and myriad changes of tempo...this performance balances Tchaikovsky's renowned theatricality with his own sensibility regarding development...A winning pairing of two irresistable concertos.”
The Arts Desk
4th February 2012
“Korcia’s delivery of the solo line [in the Korngold] is stunning, but you’ll be knocked sideways by the glorious passage in the last movement where massed horns suddenly thrust upwards. It’s never sounded fruitier...Korcia’s coupling is a boldly drawn, affectionate performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto...This is the most entertaining violin concerto disc I’ve heard in months.”
“Korcia and Kantorow are most exciting, with great rhythmic drive, plenty of dazzling virtuosity and extremely alert accompaniment...Korcia plays the soaring, lyrical opening with a sense of freedom that is captivating and the whole performance is most involving”
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