Alain Lefèvre: Works by Mathieu & Gershwin

December 3, 2017, 9:00 am

This new album by pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre unveils the results of three years of hard work by Jacques Marchand, George Nicholson and Lefèvre aimed at restoring a missing link in Canadian musical history. It was in the fall of 1942 that young Québec prodigy André Mathieu, just 13 years old and at the peak of his glory, began writing his Piano Concerto No. 3, which he would finish the following summer. In 2008, George Nicholson discovered the original score of the concerto in the composer’s own hand. The differences, which were noteworthy, between this original score and the later Concerto de Québec, a modified version of the work, were the starting point for an enormous undertaking.