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Belgian composer Guillaume Lekeu had a tragically short life, but, as composer Paul Dukas noted, in these few brief years Lekeu developed "an extraordinary maturity of thought and technique that many older composers would envy." He cultivated these qualities with the assistance of his teachers Cesar Franck and then Vincent d'Indy. Both championed chamber music, a sphere in which Lekeu produced some of his finest works, including the two pieces that appear on this new ATMA recording. Founded in 2000, Trio Hochelaga rapidly distinguished itself on the Canadian musical scene as one of the country's most important musical ensembles. Violinist Anne Robert, cellist Paul Marleyn and pianist Stephane Lemelin share their passion for the chamber music repertoire ranging from the classical era to contemporary music.
Guillaume Lekeu: Piano Trio in C minor
I. Lent - Allegro
II. Tres lent
III. Tres anime
IV. Lent - Anime
Guillaume Lekeu: Piano Quartet (unfinished)
I. Dans un emportement douloureux
II. Lent et passionne (completed by d'Indy)
“Lekeu's music is a post-Wagnerian ferment of shifting passions...Engaging performances.”
“Although the Trio Hochelaga generally play the music for what it is (and with real warmth of tone and ensemble), the temptation to help it along a little by over-egging the expressionism sometimes gest the better of them”
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