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Bartók: Violin Concerto no 2, Sonatas, etc / Laurent Korcia

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117
>Bartók, Béla : Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 75
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"... he [Korcia] has matured into a formidable musician by evidence of the two works here... He has carefully shaped and polished each phrase for maximum dramatic effect... In 'Contrasts,' Korcia plays with as much fire and imagination as he does in the concerto. If anything, he brings more of a Gypsy flavor to his part here. The orchestra does a very fine job under Music Director, Sakari Oromo." -Magil, ARG

Gramophone Magazine
Laurent Korcia plays Bart=k's Second Violin Concerto as if he's known it and loved it since birth. Everything sounds so natural. àthe sweep and spontaneity are infectious, Korcia's sound invariably full and gutsy, the whole production focused in an excellent, well balanced recording. The Contrasts are... also excellently played... Michel Portal has a creamy, mellifluous tone that reminds me of the original soloist, Benny Goodman... Jean-Effiam Bavouzet is a highly capable pianist...

BBC Music Magazine
With Sakari Oramo and the CBSO providing urgent and incisive accompaniment, Korcia mesmerises the listener with a dramatic account that offers little relief. The almost improvisatory conception of Contrasts is extremely persuasive, with Michel Portal's clarinet vibrato emulating the jazzy tone of the work's original performer Benny Goodman. The two sonatas are also delivered with powerful intensity...



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117
  • Performer: Laurent Korcia (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (06/22/2004-06/23/2004)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1937-1938

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
  • Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano); Michel Portal (Clarinet); Laurent Korcia (Violin)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
  • Performer: Laurent Korcia (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1944.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 75
  • Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano); Laurent Korcia (Violin)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921