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SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Burleson)

Composer(s):Saint-Saens, Camille
Artist(s) Burleson, Geoffrey, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue GP601
Label Grand Piano
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 9.99
 

 


A seminal figure of French Romantic music, Camille Saint-Saëns was also a great keyboard prodigy. The Études, Op 52 unite exuberant virtuosity with shimmering delicacy, while the Six Études, Op 111 pay homage to Chopin and Bach as well as anticipating Ravel’s impressionism. The neo-Baroque Op 135, for left hand alone, is modelled on Couperin and Rameau.


   




Review By SteveHoltje,Culture Catch,April 2012

If this really does end up yielding the complete piano music of Saint-Saëns…it will be an impressive project…Though the first two sets are impressively challenging from a technical standpoint…they are fully compelling musically; they could easily have been published without “etude” in their titles. Saint-Saëns’s distance from the Romantic period’s characteristic freedom of structure is also emphasized: Op. 52 includes two pairs of Preludes and Fugues, and there’s another pair in Op. 111, while Op. 135 is a six-movement suite along Baroque lines. On the other hand, there’s a notable tinge of ragtime in Op. 11’s last piece, a stunningly complex Rondo, based on the finale of his Fifth Piano Concerto, which

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Review By Infodad.com,April 2012

Grand Piano’s first volume of his pieces, devoted entirely to études, gives some sense of [Saint-Saëns’s] performing skill. Geoffrey Burleson does a fine job balancing the virtuosity and delicacy of the six from Op. 52 (1877), the six from Op. 111 (1899), and Six Études pour la main gauche seule, Op.135 (1912). The influences on the 18 pieces are quite different, and Burleson does well in showcasing the differentiation. These pieces…explore piano techniques skillfully while offering listeners more-substantial involvement than études usually do. © 2012 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,April 2012

Grand Piano’s first volume of his pieces, devoted entirely to études, gives some sense of [Saint-Saëns’s] performing skill. Geoffrey Burleson does a fine job balancing the virtuosity and delicacy of the six from Op. 52 (1877), the six from Op. 111 (1899), and Six Études pour la main gauche seule, Op.135 (1912). The influences on the 18 pieces are quite different, and Burleson does well in showcasing the differentiation. These pieces…explore piano techniques skillfully while offering listeners more-substantial involvement than études usually do. © 2012 Infodad.com Read complete review








 

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