Thursday 11, February 2021 ( 7 00 pm )
Apparitions, Dances and Fantasies
Franz Liszt: Apparition No. 1
Camille Saint-Saëns - from Album, Op. 72
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie sur la Valse du Prophéte de Meyerbeer-GEORGIA PREMIERE
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie sur Lohengrin de Wagner-GEORGIA PREMIERE
Mary Kouyoumdjian: Aghvani (Doves) (2009)
Geoffrey Burleson: Powerhouse Passacaglia (2013)
-In A Regal Age Ran I (Prelude #6) (2010)
-Pull A Wall Up (Prelude #4) (2010)
Jacob TV: The Body Of Your Dreams, for piano and electronic track (2002)
Frank Zappa: BeBop Tango
Friday 12, February 2021 ( 1 30 pm )
"Mr. Burleson played with command, projecting a rhapsodic quality without loss of rhythmic vigor...and an appropriate sense of fetching color. Burleson played vibrantly...ending his program with a compelling account of Boulez's formidably complex Piano Sonata No. 3."
- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
"Burleson gave an irresistably supple reading of Liszt's "Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este", and in his performance of Debussy's "Pour le piano", the Sarabande was delightfully hazy, and the Toccata was an explosion of energy. He followed this with Saint-Saens's expansive "Caprice on Ballet Airs From Gluck's 'Alceste'" before closing the concert with three of his own virtuosic, lively, occasionally jazzy improvisations on a handful of Debussy themes."
-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
"Both works (Charles Ives's 'Three-Page Sonata' and Vincent Persichetti's Sonata No. 12) are couched in complex rhythms, with attractively simple melodies sometimes swimming through them. And Mr. Burleson played them with the energy and passion of a jazz player at the densest moment of a solo. He brought a similar power, as well as an improvisatory imagination, to Frank Zappa's 'Bebop Tango.'"
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
"Burleson is a remarkable pianist, with tireless attack, unflagging rhythm and energy to burn."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
"A top-notch pianist...Burleson's piquancy and poetry blended beautifully."
- The Washington Post
Naxos, Catalogue No: GP626, released on 09/2019
Geoffrey Burleson, piano
About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 5: Rarities and Transcriptions
The eight world premiere recordings included in this programme are played from a treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts obtained by Geoffrey Burleson from the Bibliothèque national de France, each of them filled with strong and imaginative ideas. Further virtuosic rarities by Saint-Saëns include a solo transcription of his exotic Africa for piano and orchestra, and fantasies on works by Beethoven, Gounod, Liszt, Bizet and others.
"Burleson has a treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts from the the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. This, his fifth volume of the French master's piano works, is certainly the most interesting from a musicological perspective. We are fortunate that he has all of the technical and musical abilities to bring these very difficult works off. There is a lot of flashy writing here, along the beautiful opera melodies cloaked in filigree all over the keyboard that anyone acquainted with some of Liszt's works in this genre will expect. The extensive and informative booklet essay is important with so many unpublished works in first recordings. This is an absolute must for anyone interested in Saint-Saëns or romantic virtuosic piano music. The piano sound is exceptionally good."
-James Harrington, American Record Guide