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When Words Fade: Night songs for piano duet / Greg Anderson, Elizabeth Roe, pianos

Audio Samples

>Jackson, Michael : Billie Jean
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tieteberga and Giustino
>     Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime
>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Papageno!, a short fantasy for 2 pianos (based on three arias from "The Magic Flute")
>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Carmen Fantasy, for 2 pianos (after Bizet)
>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Mathilde, Marieke, et Madeleine, concert piece for 2 pianos (based on songs by Jacques Brel and Gera
>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 5
>     Aria
>Radiohead : Paranoid Android
>Arne, Thomas A. : The Morning
>     The Glitt'ring Sun
>Berryman, Guy : Viva la vida, song

Album Summary

>Jackson, Michael : Billie Jean
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tieteberga and Giustino
>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Papageno!, a short fantasy for 2 pianos (based on three arias from "The Magic Flute")
>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Carmen Fantasy, for 2 pianos (after Bizet)
>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Mathilde, Marieke, et Madeleine, concert piece for 2 pianos (based on songs by Jacques Brel and Gera
>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 5
>Radiohead : Paranoid Android
>Arne, Thomas A. : The Morning
>Berryman, Guy : Viva la vida, song
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are perhaps the most thrilling young duo performing today, offering adrenalized classical concerts that are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as "Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard" (The Southampton Press) and "the intense synchronization of genius" (ThirdCoast Digest), Greg and Liz bring their joyous camaraderie and refined artistry to the concert stage, dazzling audiences around the world as a four-hand and two-piano team.

Greg and Liz met in 2000 as freshmen at The Juilliard School and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. They have since toured extensively across North America (and beyond), with notable performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, Fort Worth, St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago, Orlando, Boston, and Washington, DC, as well as in nearly every New York City venue imaginable, from Carnegie Hall to children's hospitals. They have appeared on NPR and MTV, the Cliburn Concert Series, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, and dozens of summer music festivals. In recognition of their singular vision for the advancement of classical music, Greg and Liz have been invited to present at several international leader symposiums, including the 2008 and 2010 Entertainment Gatherings (EG) in Monterey, California, and the 2010 Imagine Solutions Conference in Naples, Florida. The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo released their debut album, Reimagine, in 2008.

The duo's interactive website, andersonroe.com, has generated tremendous enthusiasm among fans and Internet bloggers. The duo responds regularly to user questions and comments, and their wildly creative, self-produced music videos have been viewed millions of times on YouTube alone. Greg and Liz strongly believe in the communicative potential of music, and they aim to make classical piano music a relevant and powerful force in society. As the Northwest Reverb recently stated, "[Anderson & Roe] swept the audience into a cheering mass of humanity, making a strong case that playing piano is the most fun thing that two people could ever do together."

Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe are Steinway Artists.

www.andersonroe.com

Track List:

1. Michael Jackson: Billie Jean [4:45]

2. Antonio Vivaldi: "Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime" ("I feel within a rain of tears") from Tieteberga and Giustino [4:05]

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Papageno! [4:00]

4. Georges Bizet: Carmen Fantasy [13:00]

5. Franz Schubert: Der Erlkönig (The Erlking) Op. 1, D. 328 [4:10]

6. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 [6:30]

7. Jacques Brel and Gérard Jouannest: Mathilde, Marieke, et Madeleine [11:00]

8. Robert Schumann: "Mondnacht" ("Moonlit Night") from Liederkreis, Op. 39 [3:45]

9. Heitor Villa-Lobos: Aria ("Lo, at Midnight") from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 [7:00]

10. Radiohead: "Paranoid Android" from OK Computer [9:20]

11. Thomas Arne: "The Glitt'ring Sun" from The Morning [3:00]

12. Coldplay: "Viva la Vida" from Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends [4:34]

Bonus DVD:

1. Der Erlkönig

2. A Rain of Tears

3. Billie Jean

4. Carmen Fantasy

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase Coll (07/06/2011-07/08/2011).



Reviews

Talented pianists have fun with Steinway and improvisations
Roe and Anderson are having fun “When Words Fade” with two-piano duets, beautiful compositions, and very fine pianos. They have found a most pleasant way of expressing their considerable talent for others to enjoy. Including this CD in a collection to use as background music for a party or reception would be most delightful. This talented pair takes familiar, recognizable melodies to develop and improvise in their signature style. Tunes are developed, explored, diverted, reinvented, and enjoyed. Anderson and Roe have a marketable presentation and have made strides in the entertainment venue.


That said, there is still room for progress in marketing their performance. It certainly seems to be “playing”, as in children playing and experimenting with a joyous discovery. This partnership has access to Steinway and to very fine locations for their 2011 performances, all to be commended. The music shines as very creative and fresh in this CD, while leaving the listener puzzled about the mechanics of production. The cover is almost indiscernible with white print on a black background---yes, we get the joke about “fade”. There is a difference in maximizing the fullness of the bass strings on the piano and stomping on them. The accompanying booklet would benefit from less floating language into the fading beyond and more professional description to aid the listener. A groomer and professional photographer are desperately needed. The “bonus” CD should be eliminated entirely.


Whether these Julliard students finished their studies at that famous school to explore the commercial world with their partnership is unknown. Their talent and exuberance are welcome in the sometimes stodgy world of concert music. Professional production will add gloss and polish to their presentation.

Submitted on 01/29/12 by howsweetthesound 
Interesting, but not quite what I was looking for
The premise behind this recording is that the emotion of a piece of vocal music remains even when the vocal element is not present. So essentially, what this recording consists of is piano arrangements of pieces best known for their vocal components, performed by Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe. Sounds interesting, right? And it is, in a way. Some of the works on this disc work well and grab the attention of the listener, and others feel like what you are listening to is the Muzak version of the tune. This is a very hit-or-miss recording. The first track is case-in-point – a piano duo version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. While I could certainly appreciate the original work, especially its production values, this rendition just doesn’t work for me. Parts of it are “cute”, but the work in this form leaves a bit to be desired. Something that does indeed work, though, is a track called “Papageno! (A short fantasy based on three arias from The Magic Flute)”. This track is wonderful and fun, and works very well in this format…but then again, it’s Mozart! The “Carmen Fantasy” is entertaining, but probably more satisfying in person. One really misses the vocal here, though. Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14” was, for me, the star of the recording. This is beautiful and expressive and perhaps worth the price of the CD. “Paranoid Android” also works well in this format, but the Villa-Lobos Aria (“Lo, at Midnight”) comes across sorely lacking.

This set also includes a DVD of “Der Erikonig”, “A Rain of Tears”, “Billie Jean”, and the “Carmen Fantasy”. Rather than just video of Anderson & Roe performing, it is rather a collection of short films that feature them performing and there are other things going on too. “Der Erikonig” is quite entertaining as the Elf King, via the piano, claims two virtuoso victims. The imagery in “A Rain of Tears” is gorgeous, “Billie Jean” is a lot of fun, and as I expected the “Carmen Fantasy” is much more satisfying to see.

So all in all, I really enjoyed the DVD, and was so-so on the CD itself. That being said, I would gladly buy a ticket to see them perform in person.

Submitted on 08/27/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Jackson, Michael : Billie Jean
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tieteberga and Giustino :: Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Papageno!, a short fantasy for 2 pianos (based on three arias from "The Magic Flute")
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Carmen Fantasy, for 2 pianos (after Bizet)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1815

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Roe, Elizabeth Joy : Mathilde, Marieke, et Madeleine, concert piece for 2 pianos (based on songs by Jacques Brel and Géra
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 :: Aria
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1945

>Radiohead : Paranoid Android
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arne, Thomas A. : The Morning :: The Glitt'ring Sun
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1755

>Berryman, Guy : Viva la vida, song
  • Performers: Elizabeth Roe (Piano); Greg Anderson (Piano)
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary