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Saint-Saëns: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Geoffrey Burleson, piano

> Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 29: I. Moderato assai - Piu mosso (Allegro maestoso) (arr. for solo piano) - Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 29: I. Moderato assai - Piu mosso (Allegro maestoso) (arr. for solo piano)
> Suite in F major, Op. 90 - I. Prelude et Fugue
> Suite in F major, Op. 90 - II. Menuet
> Suite in F major, Op. 90 - III. Gavotte
> Suite in F major, Op. 90 - IV. Gigue
> Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor, Op. 70 (version for piano) - Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor, Op. 70 (version for piano)
> Theme varie, Op. 97 - Theme varie, Op. 97
> 6 Fugues, Op. 161 - No. 1. Allegro moderato
> 6 Fugues, Op. 161 - No. 2. Poco allegro-grazioso
> 6 Fugues, Op. 161 - No. 3. Allegretto
> 6 Fugues, Op. 161 - No. 4. Allegro moderato
> 6 Fugues, Op. 161 - No. 5. Andantino quasi allegretto
> 6 Fugues, Op. 161 - No. 6. Maestoso, poco allegro

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : 3e Concerto, Op. 29
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Suite for piano in F major, Op. 90
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato, for piano (also with orchestra ad lib) in C sharp minor, Op. 70
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Theme varie, for piano, Op. 97
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 161
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A seminal figure in the history of French Romantic music, Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was also one of the greatest keyboard prodigies of the past 200 years. Not only was Camille Saint-Saëns a piano virtuoso, eulogized by Liszt amongst many others, but he was one of the most exciting and imaginative of composers for the instrument. He enjoyed taking baroque and classical forms and translating them into his own brand of romantic language, qualities that Geoffrey Burleson explores so adroitly in this second volume of the complete piano music. 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.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Given the low price for the Vox Box, and Dosse's poetically beautiful playing, I cannot see anyone preferring this newcomer or wanting to replace their older set. Even in terms of recorded sound, the excellence of the current issue is outclassed by the rich bass and depth of the Vox recording. The pianist's notes are very good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Patrych Sound Studios, The Bronx, New York, NY (10/2011).



Reviews

Decent interpretations of virtuoso music
This disc consists of several works by Camille Saint-Saens for the piano and pianist with a minimum of two hands. The first piece, the Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op. 29, starts off with sweeping chords that travel up and down the piano, and is filled with lyrical impressionistic material. This piece is a feast for the ears and is a treat to listen to.

The second piece is the Suite in F major, Op. 90, and while some movements (particularly #3) are definitely attention getting, the performance seems to lack a certain ďpunchĒ. Mr. Burleson plays the piece well, but on the whole it didnít grab me and make me pay attention to it. The Allegro Appassionato, Op. 70, on the other hand, gets your attention from the beginning of the piece, and is extremely difficult. Mr. Burleson pulls out all the stops and the result is very very interesting.

Next is a Theme and Variations (Op. 97), that is pleasing to listen to but is again not as special as one would think it should be. Following this is Six Fugues, Op. 161, which is dedicated to Saint-Saenís student Isidor Philipp who, according to the well written liner notes, was a very talented pianist, composer, and teacher. These pieces are interesting explorations of the form Ė it is a shame that more of this type of work did not flow forth from Saint-Saensí pen.

This is an enjoyable disc, and I would recommend it for those exploring Saint-Saensí music. But if you really want the music to captivate you and take you someplace special, this might not be quite the recording for you.

Submitted on 08/27/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : 3e Concerto, Op. 29 :: Allegro d'Après
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1869

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Suite for piano in F major, Op. 90
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Allegro appassionato, for piano (also with orchestra ad lib) in C sharp minor, Op. 70
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Thème varié, for piano, Op. 97
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 161
  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920