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Posted January 29, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.