Mathieu: Concerto No. 4; Orchestral Works
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Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre devotes his new recording entirely to André Mathieu, recorded live in concert with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Choir under the renowned conductor George Hanson. It features the world premiere of André Mathieu's Piano Concerto No. 4, a recently discovered work representative of the composer's "Modern Romanticism,” and perhaps his boldest creation.
Le pianiste Alain Lefèvre offre un programme entièrement consacré à André Mathieu, enregistré en concert avec le Chœur et l'Orchestre symphonique de Tucson (Arizona) sous la direction du réputé chef d'orchestre George Hanson. En première mondiale, le Concerto pour piano no 4, une œuvre récemment redécouverte, représentative du " romantisme moderne " d'André Mathieu, et peut-être la plus audacieuse du compositeur.
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The film of the concert, with Kent Nagano, dir: l'O.S.M , and Alain Lefèvre piano,
is on :
Radio-Canada "Radio-canada célèbre André Mathieu"
We can see how many "romantik" and difficult is this work of music classical..
there is to:
scènes de ballet (4)
quatre chansons pour choeur et orchestre.
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Featuring Mathieu's impressionistic "Scenes De Ballet" (Ballet Scenes) and the Four Songs for Chorus and Orchestra, which bears a similarity to the short works for chorus and orchestra that Brahms had composed a century earlier, this CD from the Canadian label Analekta also contains the composer's lengthy but brilliant 1950 Piano Concerto No. 4 In E Minor, a sweeping piece of 20th century Romanticism if ever there was one (no less an authority than Rachmaninoff himself deemed the young Mathieu in 1939 a genius). The concerto gets an incredible performance here (possibly its world premiere performance, even if the liner notes on the CD don't say for sure) by Canadian pianist Alain Lefevre.
Just as impressive, however, is the performance given by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its music director George Hanson, with the Tucson Symphony Chorus featured in Mathieu's "Four Songs." Here, both orchestra and chorus have made their very first ever recording in their nearly eight decade-long existence. The precision that Hanson and the orchestra, along with the chorus (prepared by Bruce Chamberlain), and Lefevre display here is incredible, doing both Mathieu and the Tucson classical music audience proud.
Tucson has long rightly boasted about being the hometown of one of the great female pop music icons of the last fifty years, Linda Ronstadt. Now, thanks to this recording, this lush desert city in southeastern Arizona can soon boast about find itself on, at the very least, the regional classical music map of America as well.
The fourth piano concerto is a startling work, grand and sweeping. The style is much like late Rachmaninoff. There is struggle to it more than triumph perhaps, but it is the struggle of a giant, and I like it very much. It is very well played by Lefevre and the Tucson Symphony. I'm reluctant to call it a great work, but I think it has great spirit, and I think if you like Rachmaninoff you will be very glad to know it.
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