Upcoming Concerts

Gary Philo's "Impromptus" for Solo Piano at the DiMenna Center

Thursday 21, February 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

Benzaquen Hall
The DiMenna Center
450 West 37th St. (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York City
Sponsored by Project 142

Concert with SWARMIUS Trio at The University of Colorado Denver

Friday 01, March 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

SWARMIUS Trio

Peripateticus, aka Geoffrey Burleson on piano
Saximus, aka Todd Rewoldt
on reeds
Jozefius, aka Joseph Martin Waters on laptop
~With Special Guest Gregorius Gregory Walker on voilin and electric guitar~

Recital Hall
King Academic & Performing Arts Center
University of Colorado Denver
855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO

Solo Recital at Hobart and William Smith College

Saturday 09, March 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

Froehlich Hall
Gearan Center for the Performing Arts
Hobart and William Smith College
Geneva, NY 14456


Saint-Saëns: selections from Album, Op. 72
Saint-Saëns: Étude, Op. 111, No. 4: Les cloches de las palmas
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie sur la Quintette sur L'Etoile du Nord de Meyerbee
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie sur Lohengrin de Wagner

Intermission

Mary Kouyoumdjian: Aghvani (Doves) (2009)
Laurie San Martin: Dances for Solo Piano (2004-2007)
1. Tangozilla
2. Zambra?
3. Ziozuki
Tania León: Rituál (1987)
Liszt: Après une Lecture du Dante- Fantasia Quasi Sonata

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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

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Artists

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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