- Viva La Vida, song
- Mathilde, Marieke, et Madeleine, concert piece for 2 pianos (based on songs by Jacques Brel and Gérard Jouannest)
- Carmen Fantasy, for 2 pianos (after Bizet)
- Papageno!, a short fantasy for 2 pianos (based on three arias from "The Magic Flute")
- Billie Jean
The piano duo team Anderson & Roe's first release for the Steinway label is When Words Fade. As one might expect, it is arrangements of vocal music for piano, 4-hands or two pianos, and what's covered ranges from the Baroque to Coldplay. Anderson & Roe are not only skillful and virtuosic performers, they understand their instruments completely and know how to get just what they want out of them. In the Vivaldi arrangement, it sounds as if they've adopted techniques of preparing one of the pianos to very accurately replicate the sound of a plucked string orchestra. Yet, they know the piano isn't going to replace the instruments in Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."" Instead, they work the song into a fantasy-like setting such as Liszt or Grainger might have done, but retain the steady dance beat and attitude throughout. The Villa-Lobos "Bachianas Brasilieras" arrangement doesn't try to imitate the sound of the cello ensemble, either; however, although there are some interesting embellishments in it, it doesn't have the warmth or quite the understated passion of the original. Yet most of Anderson & Roe's arrangements not only show off the two musicians' talent, but shed a new light on some familiar music. The physical package comes with a DVD containing videos to go with four of the tracks. These are not just concert performances, but true music videos with stylish direction, where Anderson & Roe's brilliant playing and enjoyment of the music is evident.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.