Théodore Dubois (1837-1924) was a leading light of the French musical establishment at the beginning of the 20th century. Encouraged by Franck and by Liszt, befriended by Saint-Saëns and Widor, he aspired to carry on the key traditions of 19th-century French music: elegance and brilliance in style, clarity and balance in form, and discipline in harmony.
This CD is the first in a series entitled Découvertes 1890-1939 in which, by presenting recordings of little-known composers, pianist Stéphane Lemelin, will shed light on areas of the musical landscape of early 20th-century France.
The first recording by the Trio Hochelaga appeared on the ATMA label in 2004 (Pierné-Fauré: Trios avec piano). It earned a "Choc" rating from the magazine Le Monde de la musique, and a "Supersonic Award" from the magazine Pizzicato (Luxembourg).