ANDRÉ MATHIEU (1929-1968): Piano Quintet, Piano Trio, Violin Sonata, Violin and Piano: Fantaisie brésilienne, Désir, Ballade-Fantaisie, Complainte, Nocturne.
Catalogue Number: 06U058
Reference: ACD2 2784
Description: As we said eight years ago when fellow Canadian label Analekta recorded the quintet and trio: “these (are) elegant, two-movement works of around 17 mintues each which date from 1951 and 1953. There is plenty of activity and emotion but it seems to be refracted through the Gallic lens of Franck and Ravel, with intriguing elements of shade and light, instrumental color and subtle gradations of emotion and overall it plainly marks a new development in Mathieu as a composer, making his early death even more frustratingly sad.” The earlier sonata (1944), a 12-minute piece in three movements, strings together attractive, late Romantic themes rather than developing them and the disc is rounded out by five short salon-style violin-and-piano pieces. Marc Djokic, Andréa Tyniec (violins), Elvira Misbakhova (viola), Chloé Dominguez (cello), Jean-Philippe Sylvestre (piano).