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SAINT-SAËNS, Camille (1835-1921)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 3

CHARACTER PIECES


  • Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Saint-Saëns’ first published works for piano were the vivid and characterful Six Bagatelles, Op. 3. Album, Op. 72 dates from his mid-career and teems with rich colours and textures – haunting and exciting alike. Elsewhere, in this third volume of the Complete Piano Music, we find the richly evocative tone poem Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, paraphrases, and some delicious encores. Camille Saint-Saëns was a piano prodigy, eulogised by Liszt amongst many others, one of the most exciting and imaginative of composers for the instrument, and a central figure in French Romanticism. His facility to evoke scenes, personalities and colours was profound and his very personal use of baroque and classical forms was ingeniously eventful.

Tracklist

 
6 Bagatelles, Op. 3 (1855) (00:16:01 )
1
Bagatelle No. 1: Poco sostenuto (00:02:29)
2
Bagatelle No. 2: Allegro animato quasi presto (00:03:10)
3
Bagatelle No. 3: Poco adagio (00:02:59)
4
Bagatelle No. 4: Moderato assai (00:02:10)
5
Bagatelle No. 5: Allegro molto (00:04:10)
6
Bagatelle No. 6: Poco sostenuto (00:05:56)
 
Album, Op. 72 (1884) (00:22:52 )
7
No. 1. Prelude (00:03:26)
8
No. 2. Carillon (00:04:26)
9
No. 3. Toccata (00:02:19)
10
No. 4. Valse (00:04:37)
11
No. 5. Chanson Napolitaine (00:03:49)
12
No. 6. Final (00:05:25)
13
Rhapsodie d'Auvergne, Op. 73 (1884) (00:09:53)
14
Caprice sur des airs de Ballet d'Alceste de Gluck (1868) (00:12:03)
15
Les cloches du soir in E-Flat Major, Op. 85 (1889) (00:03:14)
16
Romance sans paroles (1871) (00:02:04)
17
Feuillet d'album in A-Flat Major, Op. 169 (1921) (00:03:04)
Total Time: 01:15:14

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

“Burleson rides the musical waves like a bronzed champion surfer.” – MusicWeb International

“All this music is played with verve and commitment by Burleson” – Gramophone

“The American pianist, Geoffrey Burleson, who has already given much pleasure in the series, is our reliable tour guide in excellent recorded sound.” – David Denton