Upcoming Concerts

Residency at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Thursday 08, February 2018 ( 8 00 pm )

February 4-8
With violinist Mary Rowell and cellist David Russell:  week-long residency performing solo, duo and trio works by students in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Music Composition Program.

Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Solo Recital at the University of Nebraska-Omaha

Wednesday 21, February 2018 ( 7 30 pm )

Strauss Performing Arts Center
University of Omaha-Nebraska

6305 University Drive North
Omaha, NE 68182

Saint-Saëns: from Études, Op. 52
No. 1:  Prélude
No. 2:  Pour l’indépendance des doigts
No. 3:  Prélude et fugue
Saint-Saëns: Étude, Op.  111, No. 4:  Les Cloches de Las Palmas
Saint-Saëns:  Africa, Op. 89

INTERMISSION

Yehudi Wyner:  Refrain (2013)
Mary Kouyoumdjian:  Aghvani (2009)
David Rakowski: Pull A Wall Up (Prelude #4) [2010]
David Rakowski: In A Regal Age Ran I (Prelude #6) [2010]
David Rakowski: Riccio (Prelude #43) [2013]
David Rakowski: Mind the Gap (Prelude #15) [2012]
Marc Mellits (b. 1966):  Étude No. 2: Defensive Chili (2006)
Frank Zappa (arr. Burleson):  BeBop Tango

Tribeca New Music 20th Anniversary Concert

Sunday 04, March 2018 ( 4 00 pm )

Solo and duo works with violinist Mary Rowell, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tribeca New Music.  Program TBA.

The Cell
338 West 23rd St.

New York, NY 10011

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Press Reviews

"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

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Featured Releases

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4:  Dances And Souvenirs - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

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Artists

Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five ‘character waltzes’ include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer’s final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three ‘souvenirs’ are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.

"Burleson has immersed himself in the entirety of Saint-Saëns' output and is a powerful advocate for this music.  He plays with all the requisite technique and a style and flair that one would expect from music firmly entrenched in the romantic style.  His booklet notes are enlightening, and the piano sound is wonderful.  I am sure that I will also enjoy the future volumes in this series."

-James Harrington, American Record Guide

 

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