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SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Burleson)

SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Burleson)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Geoffrey Burleson

Soloist

Venue:

Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, USA



Record Label
Grand Piano

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 54:00
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CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

     
1 

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 29: I. Moderato assai - Piu mosso (Allegro maestoso) (arr. for solo piano)

10:19
     
 

Suite in F major, Op. 90

 
2 I. Prelude et Fugue 3:08
3 II. Menuet 3:40
4 III. Gavotte 2:13
5 IV. Gigue 2:09
     
6 

Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor, Op. 70 (version for piano)

5:44
     
7 

Theme varie, Op. 97

6:56
     
 

6 Fugues, Op. 161

 
8 No. 1. Allegro moderato 4:05
9 No. 2. Poco allegro-grazioso 2:59
10 No. 3. Allegretto 2:39
11 No. 4. Allegro moderato 2:51
12 No. 5. Andantino quasi allegretto 2:28
13 No. 6. Maestoso, poco allegro 4:49
     
 Geoffrey Burleson Soloist


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.
 
"For this attractively coherent follow-up Burleson has grouped together works of a Classical or Baroque orientation, colourfully re-imagined by Saint-Saëns in a more contemporary cast. Not all the items here are unremittingly virtuosic, but whatever the music, Burleson proves over and again he has the technique and poetic phraseology to make light of any and all complex passages. Moreover, unlike some, he possesses a delicacy of touch that prevents fortissimo or sforzando chords from ever sounding sledge-hammered. This CD is produced by Burleson himself with one of America’s finest independent producers, Joseph Patrych, at the latter’s own studios in New York. Sound and general production quality are first-rate ..."
 
Byzantion - MusicWeb-International.com, - July 2012

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SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Burleson) GP 0605
 
"‘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 magazines -  September 2012
 
 



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