Back to Canada this week for a performance of the 1st String Quartet by Montreal-born Composer/violinist/pianist/professor Claude Champagne. Recorded circa 1955 by the Montreal String Quartet, in session for the CBC Transcription service.
Probably not a familiar name to many, Claude Champagne was a composer heavily involved in the musical life of Canada. He studied for a time in Paris before returning to Montreal in the late 1920s where he embarked on a career in teaching, as well as composition and performing.The String Quartet was composed in 1951 and it’s first version was performed in August of 1954. A revised version (which this is) was premiered in December of 1954. This is the premier recording of that revised version.
The Montreal Quartet, in this broadcast recording features: Hyman Bress, first violin – Mildred Goodman, second violin – Otto Joachim, viola and Walter Joachim, cello.
Lesser known, but influential figures in the ever-expanding world of Music.