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Saint-Saens: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2

Camille Saint-Saëns , Geoffrey Burleson Audio CD
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  • Performer: Geoffrey Burleson
  • Composer: Camille Saint-SaŽns
  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grand Piano
  • ASIN: B007N0SWEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A seminal figure in the history of French Romantic music, Camille Saint-Sa+«ns (1835-1921) was also one of the greatest keyboard prodigies of the past 200 years. Not only was Camille Saint-Sa+«ns a piano virtuoso, eulogised 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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent interpretations of virtuoso music August 26, 2012
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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 "punch". Mr. Burleson plays the piece well, but on the whole it didn't 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-Saen's 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 - it is a shame that more of this type of work did not flow forth from Saint-Saens' pen.

This is an enjoyable disc, and I would recommend it for those exploring Saint-Saens' 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.
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