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Saint-Saëns: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2

Geoffrey Burleson

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A must have for any piano music lover. Vol. 1 is just as wonderful!

As good as the first volume

Geoffrey Burleson is an outstanding musician, and once again here he gets to some of the pathos and dryness of Saint-Saens, and don't paint the music with a Romantic gauze which can inhibit the composer's direct expression. I look forward to more volumes of this critical series on Grand Piano.

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 “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.

Saint-Saëns: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2, Geoffrey Burleson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: May 01, 2012

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