Since Albéric Magnard’s music was produced off the beaten musical path, it unfortunately was quickly forgotten. It nevertheless has outstanding qualities making occupation with it extraordinarily rewarding – as this recording of some of his chamber compositions quite clearly demonstrates. Magnard’s oeuvre is not very extensive, but some of his consistently innovative compositions number among the outstanding works of French music history. Only about twenty works by this »great outsider in French music around 1900« (Jens Malte Fischer, 2004) have come down to us. His chamber compositions are always in four movements, and this structural standard also functions as a mark of his independence from the national practice (cf. the symphonies in three movements by Chausson or Dukas based on Franck’s model) and unwaveringly point to timeless models of German provenance. Albéric Magnard, the son of Francis Magnard (the author of bestsellers and the editor of Le Figaro), died tragically in 1914 in the flames of his Manoir des Fontaines residence in Baron, Oise, after he had defended his home against a group of German soldiers. His father’s fortune enabled him to enjoy financial security throughout his life. Independent, not compelled to consider musical compromises, and not ready to form them, for many years he experienced the greatest difficulties when it came to getting his compositions performed. Now this genial composer who had precisely studied the tradition is being rediscovered!