Tchaikovsky, Korngold: Concertos

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Power, passion, technique; these are but a few words that describe French violinist Laurent Korcia's performance on this CD of two violin concertos. Korngold's is the first on the bill, and Korcia's liquid, singing tone does the music full justice. The Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège plays lushly under the leadership of Jean-Jacques Kantorow, giving the work the quality of a 20th century Hollywood score. Korcia's technique contrasts athleticism with lyricism, digging into the string and giving the music a harsh, almost violent quality when necessary. Yet in the second movement, he goes at the music tenderly and demonstrates control when going up to high notes, although some of the high notes, when played at a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Power, passion, technique; these are but a few words that describe French violinist Laurent Korcia's performance on this CD of two violin concertos. Korngold's is the first on the bill, and Korcia's liquid, singing tone does the music full justice. The Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège plays lushly under the leadership of Jean-Jacques Kantorow, giving the work the quality of a 20th century Hollywood score. Korcia's technique contrasts athleticism with lyricism, digging into the string and giving the music a harsh, almost violent quality when necessary. Yet in the second movement, he goes at the music tenderly and demonstrates control when going up to high notes, although some of the high notes, when played at a piano dynamic, become a bit wobbly and sound unsupported. The final movement of the concerto certainly makes the listener take notice, for Korcia makes it sing. He and the orchestra bring a sense of liveliness and levity to the music. There is also a fearlessness to Korcia's style -- string crossings do not daunt him -- and the use of a Stradivarius violin certainly helps produce a gorgeous sound. This expressive music is not easy to coordinate, but the members of the orchestra are able to do so thanks to Kantorow's strong musicianship. The true highlight of the album is the Tchaikovsky "Violin Concerto," which showcases Korcia's prodigal talents. The orchestra builds in intensity and then gives way to the clean, pure violin entrance. The recording quality is very strong, and Korcia simply shines. His technique through the difficult demands of the concerto is solid, and at times he chooses to bow a bit roughly and aggressively. This does not seem to be inappropriate; rather, it seals Korcia's interpretation as his own. Here again, the orchestral sound is lush, and the players create the appropriate drama necessary in this passionate work. The cadenza, which is oddly in the middle of the first movement, makes one sit up and listen; Korcia gives it a stunning interpretation with excellent rhythmic precision. Some of the rough-around-the-edges quality can be heard in the final movement as well, but it is nothing short of heartbreakingly gorgeous. Korcia invokes pull-on-your-heartstrings emotion that alternates with showoff virtuosity. There is no question that this is an excellent CD that does what an album of violin concertos ought to do: leave the listener impressed, moved, and longing for more. ~ V. Vasan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Naive
  • UPC: 822186052808
  • Catalog Number: 5280
  • Sales rank: 194,599

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Jean-Jacques Kantorow (24:22)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Conducted byJean-Jacques Kantorow
    Performed byJean-Jacques Kantorow, Laurent Korcia, Orchestre Philharmonique De Liege, Marian Taché, Richard Pieta
    1. 1Moderato nobile
    2. 2Romance: Andante
    3. 3Finale: Allegro assai vivace
  2. 4–6 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Jean-Jacques Kantorow (32:59)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byJean-Jacques Kantorow
    Performed byJean-Jacques Kantorow, Laurent Korcia, Orchestre Philharmonique De Liege, Marian Taché, Richard Pieta
    1. 4Allegro moderato
    2. 5Canzonetta: Andante
    3. 6Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
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Laurent Korcia Primary Artist
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