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Analekta is proud to announce the release of André Mathieu: Concerto No. 3, the 21st album by the great pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre to be released by the label. Alain Lefèvre unveils the results of three years of hard work by Jacques Marchand, George Nicholson and himself aimed at restoring, in its original form, André Mathieu’s famous Concerto No. 3.

Presented as a world premiere in February 2017 in Buffalo, where it was performed by Alain Lefèvre (who has been responsible for Mathieu’s rehabilitation in cultural memory both here and elsewhere) and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of the renowned JoAnn Falletta, the reconstituted Concerto No. 3 was enthusiastically received by the audience. Recorded at those performances, the album André Mathieu: Concerto No. 3 accurately conveys the brilliance of Alain Lefèvre and the enthusiasm of the musicians, aware as they were of sharing a highly emotional and one-of-a-kind moment. JoAnn Falletta had previously collaborated with Alain Lefèvre in presenting works by Mathieu – in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2013, among other settings.

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Alain Lefèvre

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Alain Lefèvre

The pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre has been the recipient of a JUNO Award, a Prix Opus, ten Félix (ADISQ) and the Prix André Gagnon (SPACQ) and has won the AIB Award, presented in London, for International Personality of the Year – Radio (2010). A fervent champion of the music of Québec composers such as André Mathieu, François Dompierre and Walter Boudreau, he has contributed considerably to the impact of the province’s music around the world. In 2010, with L’Enfant prodige, a feature film on the life of André Mathieu, Mr. Lefèvre involved himself in his first film as music director, composer and performer. He enjoys a brilliant international career, having played in over 40 countries, and performs regularly on the world’s most prestigious stages with great orchestras and prominent conductors.

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JoAnn Falletta

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JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta has been hailed as a “leading force for the music of our time” by the American Society of Composers for her work as a conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers and distinguished musical citizen. She has served as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and as principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. She has guest-conducted over 100 orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded in 1935, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) has been conducted by among others William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Maximiano Valdés, Semyon Bychkov and Julius Rudel. The winner of two Grammy Awards under the direction of JoAnn Falletta, music director since 1999, the BPO presents more than 120 concerts each year and has toured across Europe, Canada and the U.S. Under Maestra Falletta the Orchestra has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, having released over 40 albums of a diverse repertoire.

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Medias

“Pianist Lefevre, BPO channel music of Mathieu in glorious concert.”
– The Buffalo News

 

it is a committed performance, with Lefèvre in muscular mode.
– Montreal Gazette

 

this newest version is lush and lively and probably as good as any available.
– ludvig van TORONTO