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Guillaume Lekeu: Trio for Piano and Strings; Quartet for Piano and Strings / Trio Hochelaga, Teng Li, viola

Audio Samples

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Trio for piano, violin & cello in C minor
>Lekeu, Guillaume : Quartet for piano & strings (unfinished)

Album Summary

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Trio for piano, violin & cello in C minor
>Lekeu, Guillaume : Quartet for piano & strings (unfinished)
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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 César 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 Stéphane Lemelin share their passion for the chamber music repertoire ranging from the classical era to contemporary music.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is very similar to the recording by the Spiller Trio (Arts; March/April 2000) - and that may be the only other one around these days. Both are fast and the musicians technically excellent, but neither reading is intense or warm or poignant. Both have clear sound. But neither seems to get very deep into the music; both are rather surface readings.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Lekeu's music is a post-Wagnerian ferment of shifting passions...Engaging performances.

Gramophone Magazine, November 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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée (Q (03/2011).



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>Lekeu, Guillaume : Trio for piano, violin & cello in C minor
  • Performer: Teng Li (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Trio Hochelaga
  • Running Time: 40 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Quartet for piano & strings (unfinished)
  • Performer: Teng Li (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Trio Hochelaga
  • Running Time: 25 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888