Belgian composer Guillaume Lekeu graces neither concert programmes nor the pages of music history. These absences owe to the tragic brevity of his life, which typhoid fever ended the day after he turned twenty-four. Nonetheless, as composer Paul Dukas noted, in these few brief years Lekeu developed “an extraordinary maturity of thought and technique that many older composers would envy.” He cultivated these qualities with the assistance of his teachers César Franck and then Vincent d’Indy. Both championed chamber music, a sphere in which Lekeu produced some of his finest works, including the two pieces that appear on this new ATMA recording.
Founded in 2000, Trio Hochelaga rapidly distinguished itself on the Canadian musical scene as one of the country’s most important musical ensembles. Violinist Anne Robert, cellist Paul Marleyn and pianist Stéphane Lemelin share their passion for the chamber music repertoire ranging from the classical era to contemporary music. Trio Hochelaga is joined by Toronto Symphony Orchestra violist Teng Li in Lekeu’s Quartet.