Wednesday 17, February 2016 ( 7 30 pm )
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York City
Thursday 18, February 2016 ( 6 30 pm )
Pine Run Auditorium
777 Ferry Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Works of Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Debussy & Ravel
Saturday 27, February 2016 ( 7 30 pm )
Concord Library Series
in the historic
Snell and Gregerson 1873 Concord Free Public Library
World Premiere of Saint-Saëns' Fantasy on the Quintet from Meyerbeer's "L'Étoile du Nord", plus works of Maurice Ravel, David Rakowski, and Geoffrey Burleson (Powerhouse Passacaglia and Improvisation on Debussy Preludes)
"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: GP609, released on 11/2012
Geoffrey Burleson, piano
About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3: Character Pieces
Saint-Saëns’s first published works for piano were the vivid and characterful Six Bagatelles, Op 3. Album, Op 72 dates from his mid-career and teems with rich colours and textures—haunting and exciting alike. Elsewhere, in this third volume of the Complete Piano Music, we find the richly evocative tone poem Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, paraphrases, and some delicious encores.
"In the Op. 3 Bagatelles you hear the influence of Schumann, in writing as colourful as it is pianistically adroit. The Op. 72 Album offers music of a fuller, more advanced idiom, with the shadow of Liszt in his later dark-hued manner hanging over 'Carillon' and with an elegant 'Valse' to follow. The Rhapsodie d'Auvergne fizzes with energy after its folksong start and the ambitious 1867 Caprice has a notably witty finish. Yet arguably the most personal voice is found in Les cloches du soir and in the concluding Feuillet d'album. All of this music is played with verve and commitment by Burleson."
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone