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SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Etudes, Opp. 52, 111, 135 (Burleson)

SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Etudes, Opp. 52, 111, 135 (Burleson)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Geoffrey Burleson



Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, USA

Record Label
Grand Piano




Total Time - 67:27
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SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Etudes, Opp. 52, 111, 135 (Burleson)

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6 Etudes, Op. 52

1 No. 1. Prelude: Con bravura 2:31
2 No. 2. Pour l'independence des doigts: Andantino malinconico 3:03
3 No. 3. Prelude and Fugue in F minor: Prelude: Allegro 2:31
4 No. 3. Prelude and Fugue in F minor: Fugue: Animato 2:07
5 No. 4. Etude de rythme: Andantino 3:09
6 No. 5. Prelude and Fugue in A minor: Prelude: Allegro moderato 2:39
7 No. 5. Prelude and Fugue in A minor: Fugue: Moderato 4:20
8 No. 6. En Forme de Valse 6:42

6 Etudes, Op. 111

9 No. 1. Tierces majeures et mineures: Allegretto 2:31
10 No. 2. Traits chromatiques 2:30
11 No. 3. Prelude and Fugue: Prelude: Moderato agitato 1:37
12 No. 3. Prelude and Fugue: Fugue: Moderato espressivo 3:39
13 No. 4. Les Cloches de Las Palmas: Andantino 4:01
14 No. 5. Tierces majeures chromatiques 2:36
15 No. 6. Toccata d'apres le Final du cinquieme Concerto: Molto allegro 4:27

6 Etudes, Op. 135

16 No. 1. Prelude: Allegretto moderato 2:25
17 No. 2. Alla Fuga: Allegro non troppo 1:57
18 No. 3. Moto perpetuo: Allegretto-Doux et tranquille 2:32
19 No. 4. Bourree: Molto allegro 4:08
20 No. 5. Elegie: Poco adagio 5:54
21 No. 6. Gigue: Presto 2:08
 Geoffrey Burleson Soloist

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.

 SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Burleson) GP601 

SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Burleson) GP605
"‘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. Vol 2 is more satisfying, including the solo version of the first movement from the Third Concerto, the Allegro appassionato and the Theme and Variations (a piece all aglitter, with a bouncing Gilbert and Sullivan-type finish). Burleson’s opening salvos are admirably presented and recorded by Grand Piano." 
Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - September 2012

"Saint-Saens (1835-1921) composed three sets of Etudes: Op. 52 in 1877, Op. 111 in 1899, and Op. 135 in 1912. This is how Burleson has chosen to auspiciously begin his projected four or five volumes of his complete piano music. As the inaugural release on the new Grand Piano label, it bodes well for what should become a great label for piano music. 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. The first two sets of Etudes are as difficult as Chopin’s and Liszt’s, though not on the same level musically. Often dealing with a single technical problem, they are inventive and effective, just not the supreme musical masterpieces we tend to regard Chopin’s and Liszt’s as. The last set is for the left hand alone and in a different musical world. Burleson has just the right panache to bring these off..."
Steven J Haller - American Record Guide - July 2012

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