Any André Mathieu Appreciation?

BenG

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Listening to the radio the other day and came across this fantastic, Canadian composer André Mathieu and his Concerto No. 3 "De Québec". Honestly, a bit ashamed to have never heard any of his work before but absolutely loved his piece and thought it was a cool (very late romantic?) style with shades of Gershwin, Debussy/Ravel, Rachmaninoff, etc. Anyway, just wanted to share and hope you enjoy! :)

 

youngpokie

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Wow, this is nice!

In the first movement, I also hear a lot of Saint-Saens and a rather direct homage to Brahms 2 piano concerto at 7:12, almost a quote. The second movement (adagio?) is stunning!

Thanks for posting this, I'll check him out!
 
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BenG

BenG

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Wow, this is nice!

In the first movement, I also hear a lot of Saint-Saens and a rather direct homage to Brahms 2 piano concerto at 7:12, almost a quote. The second movement (adagio?) is stunning!

Thanks for posting this, I'll check him out!
Yup, it's a real eclectic mix of influences that are really cool! Tbh, I was shocked to hear this was composed in 1947/48 and still following the Romantic idiom. Also, checking out his other works right now...
 

SergeD

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His Concerto has been composed at 14 years old.

You may also like Kaleidoscope from another composer, Pierre Mercure

 

TGV

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I listened to the first movement, but I'm not a fan. I don't hear the structure, the form, that I like in e.g. Brahms, nor the coherent lyricism of Rachmaninoff.
 

youngpokie

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I listened to the first movement, but I'm not a fan. I don't hear the structure, the form, that I like in e.g. Brahms, nor the coherent lyricism of Rachmaninoff.
I wonder if this is because we expect the first movement to be a sonata form and this one isn't?

To my ears, this first movement is more like a theme with variations: the original arpeggiated piano sets the theme that consists of 2 parts, and it is then repeated with some significant variation 3 or 4 times until new theme comes in around 3:45 (at least it sounds like a new theme to me!)
 
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BenG

BenG

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His music for the 1976 Montreal Olympics is terrific. I remember listening to that album non stop as an 8 year old that year.
As a Montrealer, I can't believe I haven the heard this yet. Will need to listen ASAP!
 
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BenG

BenG

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I listened to the first movement, but I'm not a fan. I don't hear the structure, the form, that I like in e.g. Brahms, nor the coherent lyricism of Rachmaninoff.
'Chacun à son gout!' :)

I can definitely hear what you are saying though and would agree with @youngpokie about the theme and variations. (It is definitely not a favourite form of mine either...)
 

dcoscina

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As a Montrealer, I can't believe I haven the heard this yet. Will need to listen ASAP!
I don’t think it’s available outside of a record album. I found a great copy for my dad’s 65th birthday and bought him a USB turntable to rip it but it’s criminal that it hasn’t been officially released on CD or digitally
 
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BenG

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I don’t think it’s available outside of a record album. I found a great copy for my dad’s 65th birthday and bought him a USB turntable to rip it but it’s criminal that it hasn’t been officially released on CD or digitally
Agree and will have to check some Villages des Valeurs for a copy :)
 
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BenG

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Nice find and thank you for sharing! Really interesting piece and the Disco part really threw me for a loop! Haha Sign of the times, I guess...:)
 

dcoscina

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I like the Native American music part. It's not got the disco background. It does have an electric bass in places but I don't mind it.
 
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BenG

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I like the Native American music part. It's not got the disco background. It does have an electric bass in places but I don't mind it.
Ya and was shocked to hear that in the piece as well! Such an interesting composer with a truly unique style of brining things together! Great find @dcoscina