Upcoming Concerts

51st Season Opening Concert with Boston Musica Viva

Saturday 05, October 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

Edward Pickman Hall
Longy School of Music

Cambridge, MA

Missy Mazzoli: Set That On Fire (2012)
Patrick Greene: Machine Language for Beginners (2015)
Sebastian Currier: 11 Moons (2018)
Kathryn Salfelder: new work

Premiere of Joseph Martin Waters" "El Colibri Magico", with SWARMIUS in San Diego

Sunday 13, October 2019 ( 7 00 pm )

"El Colibri Magico", composed by Jozefius (aka Joseph Martin Waters), an opera including onstage instrumentalists from SWARMIUS: Saximus (aka Todd Rewoldt), Tempus Rhythmicus (aka Daniel Pate) on percussion, and Peripateticus (aka Geoffrey Burleson) on piano.

Smith Recital Hall
School of Music
San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr San Diego, 92182

Concert with American Modern Ensemble, with special guests The Exponential Ensemble

Wednesday 30, October 2019 ( 7 30 pm )

American Modern Ensemble
Exponential Ensemble

National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Charles Ives: Largo for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, S. 73
Bohuslav Martinu:
Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano (1947)
Robert Paterson:
Relative Theory, for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Piano
Robert Paterson:
Autumn Songs, for mezzo-soprano and sextet
with Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano~

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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

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


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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