In the early 20th century, Québec composer Rodolfe Mathieu was writing music of intrinsic beauty which at the same time, without knowledge of the works of Schoenberg or Ravel, pushed at the limits of the tonal system. Collected in this recording are four of his major chamber works spanning the years 1921-1942.

« …the Canadian Music Centre has come to the rescue and shed at least a little light on the life and work of this strange, unfulfilled genius of Canadian music. »
– Peter Allen, CAML Review

« Mathieu is a composer worth getting to know in these persuasive performances from Coallier and the dedicated, articulate Quatuor Claudel. »

– W.H. Habington, La Scena Musicale

1-2. Quintette pour piano et quatuor à cordes

3-5. Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle

6-8. Trois Préludes

9. Sonate pour piano


Réjean Coallier (piano)
Quatuor Claudel: Élaine Marcil and/et Marie-Josée Arpin (violins/violons); Annie Parent (viola/alto); Jeanne de Chantal Marcil (cello/violoncelle)