Don't miss the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo's debut album (Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe, pianos) in which the duo dramatically "REIMAGINES" the music they play and its presentation. This hyper-intense and adrenalized album features eight original compositions and arrangements by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo in addition to Stravinsky's hard-core arrangement of The Rite of Spring for piano, four-hands. What is the music about? It's about the human experience, it's about racing heartbeats and physical friction, it's about the passions that undulate beneath the restraint of daily life, about the timelessness of dreams, the manic states of being, the unrest of our current times.
As a bonus (a significant bonus!), the album comes with a DVD featuring several of the duo's YouTube videos in a higher-quality format. Purchase the album here:
- Anderson & Roe: Danse macabre: remix
- Saint-Saëns/Anderson & Roe: The Swan
- Strauss, Jr./Anderson & Roe: Blue Danube Fantasy
- Anderson & Roe: The Cat's Fugue
- Piazzolla/Anderson & Roe: Libertango
- Daquin/Anderson & Roe: The Cuckoo in Sussex
- Bach/Anderson & Roe: "Erbarme Dich" from St. Matthew Passion
- Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
- bonus - Saint-Saëns/Anderson & Roe: Danse Macabre (performed live)
Top 10 reasons to buy
- 10) 76 minutes of memorable classical piano music.
- 9) To compare Greg & Liz’s two versions of Danse macabre - their straightforward arrangement and their "remix."
- 8) To confront a wilderness of emotions, instincts, styles, and stories.
- 7) The deluxe, digi-pack packaging; the full-color, mountaintop photos; the music; the videos; the bold graphic design.
- 6) To listen to Greg & Liz tear apart their infamous arrangement of Piazzolla’s Libertango; feel the racing heartbeats, the physical friction, and the charged chemistry.
- 5) To support Greg & Liz.
- 4) To hear Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” like you’ve never heard it before. Greg & Liz immerse the melody in pianistic ripples of sound, drifting through a landscape of dreamy timelessness.
- 3) It makes the perfect gift for any music listener.
- 2) The bonus DVD; Anderson & Roe's YouTube videos in 30 high-resolution frames per second.
- 1) “The Sacrificial Dance” from The Rite of Spring. A young virgin sacrifices herself to the Gods of Spring by dancing herself to death; it’s hard-core, visceral, and thunderous music that will leave you breathless.
Considerations for Listening
Everything old becomes new again. Reaping inspiration from all facets of life, Greg and I approach music via our personal perspectives and make it our own. As you listen, you make the music your own, and this is the glorious cycle of the musical experience.
How have we reimagined the music on this album? The kaleidoscopic Blue Danube Fantasy takes the elegance of the Viennese waltz as a point of departure and plunges headlong into the passions that undulate beneath the dance’s restrained façade. In The Cuckoo in Sussex, we transplant Daquin’s “Cuckoo” (dating from 1735) to a new environment of dreamy timelessness. In some pieces we stray altogether from our sources; for example, The Cat’s Fugue is an irreverent ditty loosely based on Scarlatti’s famous theme. In others we honor the spirit of the original but recreate the music according to the strengths of our instrumentation, as in The Swan, where we immerse Saint-Saëns’s melody in pianistic ripples of sound.
Does The Rite of Spring, written during the unrest preceding the First World War, resonate with you in our current times? Every time we play or listen to these pieces, their meaning is renewed. Music surpasses definition, so reimagine the music and discover what rings true to you.
Music is a collaborative effort. Even the lonely pianist centered on a concert stage finds himself collaborating with both the composer and his audience, connecting in magical and unexplainable ways with the humanity around him. As a duo, Liz and I collaborate as composers, performers, and creators, and of course, as friends. It’s an interaction that yields awesome adrenaline and joy.
Bruce Mau stated, “The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential,” and we couldn’t agree more. Can you hear the sexual conflict between the wise elders and the young sacrificial virgin in The Rite of Spring? What about the exhilaration of solidarity heard in Danse macabre and its remix? – the skeletons from all stations in life are now dancing together, unified by death. And speaking of dance, just think of the racing heartbeats, the physical friction, and the charged chemistry between a pair of dancers while you listen to the Blue Danube Waltzes or Libertango. Humanity lies in the space between people; we find it to be an overwhelming source of inspiration and energy.