The Art of Bach

The Art of Bach

by Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

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Overview

The Art of Bach

The U.S. branch of the Steinway piano firm has issued a series of piano recordings that is carefully curated so as to reflect the company's roots in the music scene of a century ago, or a bit more. This gives the label's output a satisfying coherence as well as bringing forth some intriguing individual concepts. This release by the Anderson & Roe piano duo is a representative example that might appeal to those who've had their fill of severe historical-performance approaches to Bach. It wouldn't have been strange in the 19th century to present an evening of Bach's music on two pianos, for that medium was a common one for bringing music of large dimensions into the home or a small community venue. Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe thus capture a slice of the American musical past, but they also expand upon it creatively, which is what brings projects like this to life. They employ the talents of a variety of arrangers, including themselves, and they cover such unexpected items as the "St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244," in a suite of their own devising. The result is a program that views the range of Bach's creativity under a different lens from those anybody else has used. As the graphics have it, "Where else can one find the apex of scholarly composition, "The Art of Fugue," featured alongside one of the monuments of sacred music, the "St. Matthew Passion"?" Throw some chorales into the mix, and there will be an idea of the considerable appeal of this release, recorded at the ideally sized Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, the State University of New York.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2015
Label: Steinway & Sons
UPC: 0034062300334
catalogNumber: 30033
Rank: 60417

Tracks

  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
  2. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Schafe können sicher weiden
  3. Cantata No. 127, "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott," BWV 127 (BC A49): Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen
  4. Verschiedene Canones (14), for unspecified instruments or keyboard, BWV 1087: Canons on the Ground
  5. Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), for keyboard (or other instruments), BWV 1080
  6. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Aria. Mache dich, mein Herze, rein
  7. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Chorale. O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
  8. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Aria. Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
  9. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Chorale. Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe!
  10. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Aria. Erbarme dich, mein Gott
  11. Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings & continuo in C major, BWV 1061
  12. Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): 1. Sonatina in E flat major

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