Lekeu: Piano Quartet
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Lekeu: Piano Trio & Quartet
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.
“Lekeu's music is a post-Wagnerian ferment of shifting passions...Engaging performances.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ***
“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” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
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Walton, Bridge & Lekeu: Piano Quartets
“The Frith Piano Quartet delivers committed and entirely convincing accounts of these three works, each of these pieces being notable to some degree in the output of the individual composers.” International Record Review, May 2012
“A starry level of professional chamber-music playing is par for the course in these islands. Even so, the quality on display here - above all, the near-perfect interplay between collective statement and individual contribution - puts these performances in the top flight.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 *****
“[The last movement of the Walton] is a superbly feisty bit of writing, with a sense of headlong drive which anticipates Belshazzar’s Feast, and the players enjoy every minute of it, rampaging fearlessly through some ferociously difficult passages...The recording is superbly balanced in a nicely resonant acoustic which frames the performances of these excellent artists perfectly.” MusicWeb International, March 2012
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