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Andre Mathieu: Concerto No. 4, Orchestral Works

Andre Mathieu: Concerto No. 4, Orchestral Works

30 Sep 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Sep 2008
  • Label: Analekta
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 Analekta
  • Total Length: 1:14:22
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  • ASIN: B001TP7O0E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,283 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Impressive Debut Recording From Tucson 16 Nov 2008
By Erik North - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Canadian pianist and composer Andre Mathieu is easily one of the great unsung composers of the 20th century; for while he was quite prolific, not only was much of his work not very well known, he also didn't live a particularly long life, dying at the age of 39 in 1968. But in recent years, there has been a rediscovering of his works. And one of the great examples of this can be found on this fine recording.

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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
World Class Excellence 1 Nov 2008
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a triumph this recording is. It is at once lush and detailed. If you are a fan of heroic piano playing and a Mahler-esque range of emotion from a composer whose intensity pushed him to eternity at age 39, this disc is a must buy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a revelation 22 Jan 2009
By Michelyne D. Egan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was not even aware of this composer,but after having seen Alain Lefevre on Charlie Rose I googled everybody and I ordered it and it is fantastic. I hope he gets more recognition in the US.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For Rachmaninoff lovers 29 Nov 2010
By James H. Kramer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
André Mathieu (1929-1968) was a Canadian prodigy, called by some the "Quebec Mozart". Supposedly Rachmaninoff said he was "a genius, more so than I am" and regarded him as his successor. He gained some fame but had an unhappy life, became an alcoholic and died young. Canadian pianist Alain Lefevre has devoted himself to reclaiming him from oblivion and publicizing him.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good listening 28 Feb 2010
By Charles B. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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Heard LeFevre play the Mathieu Concerto at a performance by Santa Barbara Symphony. Had to have the CD. It's a fine combination of Gershwin, Mahler and others
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