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Andre Mathieu

November 27, 2009

The Canadian Mozart

Most people have never heard of Canadian composer Andre Mathieu. Mathieu was a rising star in the 1930s and 1940s. But he led a troubled life, dropped out of the music scene, and died in obscurity in 1968. Some call him the Canadian Mozart, although his style is closer to Rachmaninoff, who called Mathieu a genius. On today's show, Alain Lefevre performs Mathieu's fourth piano concerto with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

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hour 1

  • Philip Lasser
    Four movements from "Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J.S. Bach"
    Pianist Simone Dinnerstein
    Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
  • Matteo da Perugia
    "Andray soulet, Canon zu drei Stimmen"
    Millenarium
    Herne, Germany
  • Johannes Brahms
    First movement from the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G, Op. 78
    Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt
  • Carl Maria von Weber
    Overture to "Oberon"
    The Munich Philharmonic with conductor James Levine
    Philharmonie Gasteig, Munich, Germany
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816
    Pianist Simone Dinnerstein
    Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

hour 2

  • Andre Mathieu
    "Lullaby" and "Lament"
    The Tuscon Symphony Orchestra with conductor George Hanson
  • Firminius Caron
    "Helas que pora Advenire"
    Mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson with Musica Antiqua of London
    Tage Alter Musik, Herne, Germany
  • Bartolomeo Tromboncino
    "Or Che Son di Pregion"
    Mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson with Musica Antiqua of London
    Tage Alter Musik, Herne, Germany
  • Andre Mathieu
    Piano Concerto No. 4 in E Minor
    Pianist Alain Lefevre with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and conductor George Hanson
    Tucson Music Hall, Tucson, Arizona
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