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Romantic Rhapsodies / Alain Lefèvre


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29277   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovGeorge GershwinAndré Mathieu
Performer:  Alain LefèvreRobert Crowley
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Born in Montreal in 1929, André Mathieu was an infant composer-pianist prodigy of such staggering dimensions that when Rachmaninov first heard the 13-year-old play he considered him to have a talent superior even to his own.

Tragically few others took much notice and Mathieu died a destitute alcoholic aged just 39. Much of his music remains in manuscript form and the live performance presented here is unbelievably the Rhapsodie’s world premiere.

Imagine Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Ravel’s Left-Hand Concerto combining with Rachmaninov in C minor Concerto mode, and you’ll know roughly what to expect from the Rhapsodie romantique.

There’s more than a hint of early Scriabin
Read more along the way, in addition to passing references to Prokofiev’s Third Concerto and even a Schumannesque episode of dotted march rhythms, yet the result is a glorious piece that all die-hard Romantics should definitely hear.

Lefèvre generates the greatest passion and excitement and the Montrealers give their all under the baton of a clearly inspired Matthias Bamert."

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alain Lefèvre (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
2. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alain Lefèvre (Piano), Robert Crowley (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
3. Rhapsodie romantique by André Mathieu
Performer:  Alain Lefèvre (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958/68 

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