Grappelli, Brahms, Dvorak, Buarque, Wieniawski, Ravel, Portal, Piazzola, Albeniz, Tchaikovsky, Francescatti, Falla, Lenoir and Charles

Album title:
Albeniz, Brahms, Buarque, Dvorak, Falla, Francescatti, Grappelli, Lenoir and Charles, Piazzola, Portal, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski
Violin works
Laurent Korcia, Jean Efflam Bavouzet, Michel Portal, Cyril Dupuy, Gergana Terziyska, Julie Depardieu etc
Catalogue Number:
V 4978
BBC Music Magazine
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 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. Erik Levi
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