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

Artists

Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Tracks

1. Gavotte in C Minor, Op. 23 [3:05]
2. Mazurka No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 21 [3:32]
3. Mazurka No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 24 [4:19]
4. Mazurka No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 66 [5:19]
5. Menuet et valse [12:27]
6. Valse canariote in A Minor, Op. 88 [5:28]
7. Valse mignonne in E-Flat Major, Op. 104 [3:13]
8. Valse nonchalante in D-flat Major, Op. 110 [4:00]
9. Valse langoureuse in E Major, Op. 120 [4:36]
10. Valse gaie, Op. 139 [5:27]
11. Une nuit a Lisbonne, Op. 63 [4:39]
12. Souvenir d'Italie, Op. 80 [8:55]
13. Souvenir d'Ismailia, Op. 100 [6:52]

Total Playing Time: 01:11:52

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

 

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

"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

"Burleson does a wonderful job of honoring the 'dance roots' of these selections. One can actually dance to this music, and it is too bad that more imaginative choreographers have not been inspired by it. All too often, pianists who take on the dance forms set by Frédéric Chopin tend to push any sense of dance to the side to avoid it interfering with the display of virtuoso piano technique. Saint-Saëns’ piano music has its own share of technical challenges; but through Burleson’s approaches to execution, one comes away with a clear sense that Saint-Saëns took the titles he assigned to those pieces seriously.  Burleson plays as if he believes that there is real substance to what he is playing; and the attentive listener is likely to agree with him."

-Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com

"Overall, this is a superb disc played by a very talented pianist who is more than able to cope with the Saint-Saëns’ myriad technical details and colours. It will also, I hope, bring Saint-Saëns’ piano music to the wider audience it deserves. I will certainly play this CD frequently. The recorded sound is excellent and I very much look forward to Volume 5."

-Jonathan Welsh, MusicWeb International