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SAINT-SAËNS, Camille (1835-1921)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 1

COMPLETE PIANO ÉTUDES


  • Geoffrey Burleson, piano

A seminal figure of French Romantic music, Camille Saint-Saëns was also a great keyboard prodigy. The Études, Op. 52 unite exuberant virtuosity with shimmering delicacy, while the Six Études, Op. 111 pay homage to Chopin and Bach as well as anticipating Ravel’s impressionism. The neo-Baroque Op. 135, for left hand alone, is modelled on Couperin and Rameau. This title is the first volume of a series that brings together everything from Saint-Saëns’ spellbinding three sets of études to first recordings of transcriptions and other works.

Tracklist

 
6 Etudes, Op. 52 (1877) (00:14:00 )
1
No. 1. Prelude: Con bravura (00:02:31)
2
No. 2. Pour l'independence des doigts: Andantino malinconico (00:03:03)
3
No. 3. Prelude and Fugue in F Minor: Prelude: Allegro (00:02:31)
4
No. 3. Prelude and Fugue in F Minor: Fugue: Animato (00:02:07)
5
No. 4. Etude de rythme: Andantino (00:03:09)
6
No. 5. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor: Prelude: Allegro moderato (00:02:39)
7
No. 5. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor: Fugue: Moderato (00:04:20)
8
No. 6. En Forme de Valse (00:06:42)
 
6 Études, Op. 111 (1899) (00:10:00 )
9
No. 1. Tierces majeures et mineures: Allegretto (00:02:31)
10
No. 2. Traits chromatiques (00:02:30)
11
No. 3. Prelude and Fugue: Prelude: Moderato agitato (00:01:37)
12
No. 3. Prelude and Fugue: Fugue: Moderato espressivo (00:03:39)
13
No. 4. Les Cloches de Las Palmas: Andantino (00:04:01)
14
No. 5. Tierces majeures chromatiques (00:02:36)
15
No. 6. Toccata d'apres le Final du cinquieme Concerto: Molto allegro (00:04:27)
 
6 Etudes, Op. 135 (1912) (00:13:13 )
16
No. 1. Prelude: Allegretto moderato (00:02:25)
17
No. 2. Alla Fuga: Allegro non troppo (00:01:57)
18
No. 3. Moto perpetuo: Allegretto-Doux et tranquille (00:02:32)
19
No. 4. Bourree: Molto allegro (00:04:08)
20
No. 5. Elegie: Poco adagio (00:05:54)
21
No. 6. Gigue: Presto (00:02:08)
Total Time: 01:07:27

The Artist

Burleson, Geoffrey

Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North america, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. His numerous solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris, New York, Rome, Athens, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, Spain, and elsewhere.

Reviews

“‘Les cloches de Las Palmas’ is surprisingly haunting and evocative…and the Toccata from the Fifth Piano Concerto provides a truly dazzling finish to the set.” – Gramophone

“Only a brilliant piano technician can perform these 18 knuckle-busters, and Burleson is such a pianist…his ability and stamina to get through these and make music out of them is nothing short of amazing. ” – American Record Guide

“Burleson, noted for his set of Roy Harris’s complete piano music on Naxos, handles the technical hurdles with aplomb in superbly polished performances.” – Culture Catch

“The influences on the 18 pieces are quite different, and Burleson does well in showcasing the differentiation. These pieces…explore piano techniques skillfully while offering listeners more-substantial involvement than études usually do.” – Infodad.com

“The American pianist, Geoffrey Burleson, obviously enjoys the music, often bringing a feel of mischievous humour, particularly to the third book. ” – David Denton

“Hats off! Anyone who is seriously interested in piano music should check out Grand Piano for an extended test drive in their home CD player.” – The Listener