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SAINT-SAËNS, Camille (1835-1921)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 2


  • Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Saint-Saëns was a piano virtuoso and a composer of bravura brilliance. His Six Fugues, Op. 161 are masterly and complex character studies, devoid of academic leanings, whilst his famous Allegro appassionato, Op. 70 possesses brilliance and lyrical depth. The Thème varié, Op. 97 is witty and explosive, the Suite, Op. 90 full of charm, and the Allegro, Op. 29 possessed of dazzling breadth.

Tracklist

1
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 29: I. Moderato assai - Più mosso (Allegro maestoso) (arr. for solo piano) (1869) (00:10:19)
 
Suite in F Major, Op. 90 (1891) (00:12:03 )
2
I. Prelude et Fugue (00:03:08)
3
II. Menuet (00:03:40)
4
III. Gavotte (00:02:13)
5
IV. Gigue (00:02:09)
6
Allegro appassionato in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 70 (version for piano) (1884) (00:05:44)
7
Theme varie, Op. 97 (1894) (00:06:56)
 
6 Fugues, Op. 161 (1920) (00:20:26 )
8
No. 1. Allegro moderato (00:04:05)
9
No. 2. Poco allegro-grazioso (00:02:59)
10
No. 3. Allegretto (00:02:39)
11
No. 4. Allegro moderato (00:02:51)
12
No. 5. Andantino quasi allegretto (00:02:28)
13
No. 6. Maestoso, poco allegro (00:04:49)
Total Time: 00:54:00

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

“Geoffrey Burleson does an admirable job handling all of the many inherent difficulties of this music” – Fanfare

“Burleson brings a commanding technique and cultured musicality to these works.” – International Record Review

“Burleson’s opening salvos are admirably presented and recorded by Grand Piano.” – Gramophone