• Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894) was born in Veviers, Belgium. He studied music and philosophy in Paris. A visit to Bayreuth brought him under the spell of the music of Richard Wagner. Upon his return he took lessons with Cesar Franck, who was his mentor and greatest music inspiration.
Lekeu was one of the foremost talents of his generation and his tragically early death robbed music history of a great promise.
• Lekeu mainly composed chamber music. This new recording features his beautiful and substantial piano trio as well as his violin sonata. The musical language is melancholy, mysterious and based on the extended chromaticism of Wagner and Franck.
• Played by Bruno Monteiro (violin), Miguel Rocha (cello) and Joao Paulo Santos (piano), who already made several successful recordings for Brilliant Classics with works by Schulhoff and Szymanowski.