Saturday 08, April 2017 ( 8 00 pm )
Edward Pickman Hall
Longy School of Music
Yehudi Wyner: Concertino for Solo Piano & Quartet (WORLD PREMIERE)
Plus chamber works by Richard Festinger, Ronald Perera, and Barbara White
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Thursday 27, April 2017 ( 8 00 pm )
Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY 10023
Co-presented with ChamberMusicNY, vocal works by living American composers, including arias from Three Way by composer Robert Paterson and librettist David Cote.
Sunday 30, April 2017 ( 5 00 pm )
J.S. Bach: Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
Camille Saint-Saëns: Paraphrase sur La Mort de Thaïs (1895)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantasie sur Lohengrin de Wagner (1859)
Mary Kouyoumdjian: Aghavni [Doves] (2009)
Dave Soldier: Five Little Monsters (1984)
Gregor Huebner: Five Latin Pieces (2004)
Frank Zappa/arr. Burleson: BeBop Tango
"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: GP625, released on 02/2016
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