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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) (00:12:00 )
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) (00:20:00 )
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(s)

Geoffrey Burleson

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.

The Composer(s)

Once described as the French Mendelssohn, Camille Saint-Saëns was talented and precocious as a child, with interests by no means confined to music. He made an early impression as a pianist. Following established French tradition, he was for nearly 20 years organist at the Madeleine in Paris and taught briefly at the École Niedermeyer, where he befriended his pupil Gabriel Fauré. He was a co-founder of the important Société Nationale de Musique with the patriotic aim of promoting contemporary French music in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-01, in which he had served in the Garde Nationale de la Seine. Prolific and versatile as a composer, he contributed to most genres of music, but by the time of his death in 1921 his popularity in France had diminished considerably, as fashions in music had changed.

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