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Anderson & Roe Piano Duo: Reimagine

by Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe

Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe showcase their unique approach to classical music and the piano duo genre in this adrenalized album, featuring breathtaking music, a hard-core performance of Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring,' and a bonus DVD of music videos.
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1. Danse Macabre: Remix (Anderson & Roe) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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2. The Swan (Saint-Saëns/Anderson & Roe) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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3. A New Account Of The Blue Danube Waltzes (Anderson & Roe) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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4. The Cat's Fugue (Anderson & Roe) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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5. Libertango (Piazzolla) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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6. The Cuckoo In Sussex (Daquin/Anderson & Roe) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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7. Erbarme Dich from St. Matthew Passion (Bach/Anderson & Roe) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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8. The Rite of Spring: Introduction to Part I (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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9. The Rite of Spring: The Augurs of Spring (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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10. The Rite of Spring: Ritual of Abduction (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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11. The Rite of Spring: Spring Rounds (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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12. The Rite of Spring: Ritual of the Two Rival Tribes (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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13. The Rite of Spring: Procession of the Oldest (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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14. The Rite of Spring: The Kiss of the Earth (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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15. The Rite of Spring: The Dancing Out of the Earth (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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16. The Rite of Spring: Introduction to Part II (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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17. The Rite of Spring: Mystic Circle of the Young Girls (Stravinsky Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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18. The Rite of Spring: Glorification of the Chosen One (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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19. The Rite of Spring: Evocation of the Ancestors (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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20. The Rite of Spring: Ritual Actions of the Ancestors (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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21. The Rite of Spring: Sacrificial Dance (Stravinsky) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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22. Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns/Anderson & Roe) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
TOP 10 REASONS TO BUY "REIMAGINE"

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 façades, styles, stories, and instincts.
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.
- Liz

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.
- Greg

(For extended historical and analytical program notes written by Greg & Liz, or to discuss this CD, please visit www.andersonroe.net.)



GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE have been described as "Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard" (The Southampton Press). Together they bring a fresh and visionary approach to the concert stage, dazzling audiences with their adrenalized performances, inventive programming, original compositions, and refined artistry. They have performed as a four-hand and two-piano team across North America and presented innovative concerts in nearly every New York City venue imaginable: from Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Steinway Hall, to children's hospitals, HIV/AIDS homes, and cancer centers. The duo has appeared on MTV's Total Request Live and NPR's From the Top.

Greg and Elizabeth both received their bachelor and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where they left an indelible impression. The duo was featured on several prominent Juilliard events; they jointly presented for members of the United Nations, performed repeatedly for the board of directors and donors of the school, and replaced John Williams as composers on Juilliard's "Cinema Serenades" concert. Additionally, the two directed the groundbreaking project "Life Between the Keys," a concert that involved the entire Juilliard Piano Class of 2004. A live performance by the Anderson & Roe piano duo is included on the “Sounds of Juilliard” CD celebrating the school's centennial year. -- www.andersonroe.net --


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Daniele Minnone

Grazie
Poche le parole per riuscire a descrivere la grandezza di questo cd e quella dei due artisti che ci hanno regalato una così profonda, innovativa (ma anche classica), toccante e, perché no, divertente esperienza. Grazie, continuate così!

There are few words that can describe the greatness of this cd and the two artists' who gave us such a deep, innovative (but also classical), touching and, why not, amusing experience. Thanks, keep up the good work!

Chuck Shafer

Reimagine
Interesting selection of works; the playing is passionate, provocative, evocative, and appropriate to the individual pieces. One is left almost gasping for breath at the end of the CD after "Danse Macabre" follows "Rite of Spring." Wonderful CD for this Duo!

Mary Tenwinkel

Reimagine
These are two rising young piano stars. The music is exciting, and the presentation on the companion DVD highlights their fresh personalities, in addition to their keyboard expertise. This CD is thoroughly enjoyable and should serve to further the careers of both Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe.

Rugby

Bravo !!
The duo's "Blue Danube" and "Danse Macabre" arrangments can stand with the historic virtuoso treatments of these works by the likes of Horowitz,Schulz-Evler,others.The "Libertango" of Piazzolla should make your heart race. "Cuckoo in Sussex" wraps Daquin's famous study in the Impressionism of a later France.Stravinsky's "Rite" receives an inspired reading,which convinces that here, as in the Rachmaninoff "Dances" and Mussourgsky "Pictures", 2 pianos can be as attractive as the symphonic version. Very intense, commited, yet spontaneous playing that belies their youth,this cd is a truly remarkable debut effort.Unique repetoire of their own, artistic control,innovative marketing, broad appeal suggest a possible model for other young artists. If ,as it certainly deserves to be, this debut cd is well received, the duo will hopefully provide us a cd from their more traditional repetoire.For now, this debut is a welcome breath of fresh air, and extraordinary pianism, that deserves your support.

José Manuel Carpentiero

Elegante
Si è così che reputo questo CD.... Elegante. Gli arrangiamenti sono bellissimi e se posso esprimere una preferenza va sicuramente a quello di LIBERTANGO di Astor Piazzolla, un pezzo fantastico riarrangiato alla grande per pianoforte a 4 mani. La versione video poi è davvero bellissima (disponibile sul DVD oppure su YOUTUBE)... Liz e Greg trasmettono passione e l'idea di racchiudere il tutto in un sogno di lui (annoiatissimo da una lezione) l'ho trovata particolarmente originale e simpatica per il modo in cui è stata realizzata. GRANDI RAGAZZI!

Andrew Lewis

Reimagine
I awaited the arrival of this CD with great anticipation and I wasn't disappointed! Their arrangements are really spectacular, demonstrating not only their virtuosity, but also their restraint and good taste

Philip Seifert

Reimagine
It's rare to have a CD/DVD that is such fun and a pleasure to listen to. I was very inspired with the CD. Excellent recording!! I am a huge fan of Anderson & Roe. But my only complaint is I wish they had more songs on the DVD watching them play I think makes everything!

Scott Schumacher, Palm Springs,CA

Reamigine
I love your music. I especially enjoy watching the video of your playing together. It is amazing to witness the natural fluidity and ease the two of you exert when playing the same instrument. I'm sure it took many hours of practice but you make it look so natural. I look forward to much more of your music.

Axel

The Swan
Vladimir Horowitz truly moved my soul when I heard his piano performances.....until now. Roe and Anderson truly move the soul to its very depths...... beautiful heartfelt perfomances!!!!

Sheryl Loyd

Reimagine
Wonderful playing! Wonderful showmanship! A delight to watch and a great inspiration to my piano students. Thank you!!
Two disappointments (but they're small): it would have been nice to have more videos and less Rite of Spring. However, having said that, I do understand that this was a conservatory student project. Students have limitations placed on them: both in resources (time, finances) and in freedom (academic, artistic). Still...it's a fabulous project. CD Baby delivered quickly and accurately. Thanks.
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