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On Wings of Song

by Greg Anderson

International competition winner and Juilliard-trained pianist performs soaring, lyrical, and virtuosic piano music; includes music by Ravel, Mozart, Liszt, and Grieg, and Anderson's own transcription of Bach's "Erbarme Dich" for two pianos.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song
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2. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Ondine
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3. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Le Gibet
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4. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Scarbo
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5. Mozart: Sonata in E-flat, K. 282 - Adagio
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6. Mozart: Sonata in E-flat, K. 282 - Menuetti I & II
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7. Mozart: Sonata in E-flat, K. 282 - Allegro
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8. Grieg: Air from the Holberg Suite
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9. Liszt: Reminiscences of Norma (by Bellini)
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16:50 $1.99
10. Bach/Anderson: Erbarme Dich from St. Matthew Passion (for two pi
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6:59 $0.99
11. Encore! - Strauss/Godowsky: Standchen
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Top 10 Reasons to Buy “On Wings of Song”

10) 72 minutes of memorable classical piano music.
9) Mendelssohn’s “On Wings of Song” is just so pretty.
8) The “Norma Thriller.” Many classical musicians today don’t care much for this over-the-top composition by Liszt (the climax lasts 5 minutes!), but Greg loves it. Buy the CD and assess the piece for yourself.
7) The plastic wrap, the bar code, the aesthetically pleasing packaging!
6) “The Gallows” from Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit will give you the chills.
4) To support Greg.
5) To discover Grieg’s “Air” for yourself. It’s such an intimate and personal piece that Greg actually refrains from commenting.
3) To listen to Greg’s transcription of “Erbarme Dich” from the Saint Matthew Passion.
2) It makes a wonderful gift for friends.
1) To understand why Greg would ask his listeners to:
“immerse yourself in the devil’s world of hedonistic hallucination” (www.andersonpiano.com/wingsofsong/ondine.html).


Considerations for listening…

1) MENDELSSOHN/LISZT “On Wings of Song” 3:31
Stop what you are doing. Take a breath. Let everything out.
Now listen.
Could anything be more beautiful?

RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
2) Ondine (the water spirit) 6:51
Essentially, this piece is a glorified sexual fantasy. Before the music begins, imagine the various sounds of water – the sound of stepping into a bath, of waves hitting a shore, of a skipping stone. Now, what would the water sound like if it were trying to tempt you?

3) Le Gibet (the gallows) 6:57
“Le Gibet” is based on a poem by Bertrand that asks, “What is this uneasy sound in the dusk? Is it the screech of the north wind, or does the hanged man on the gallows let out a sigh?” Is it the profusion of insects pouring over the dead body…or the creeks of the noose? Is it the uncertainty of life after death?

4) Scarbo (the gremlin) 9:04
He looked under the bed, in the fireplace, in the chest: nobody. – Hoffmann (Nighttime Tales)
Scarbo is the terrifying monster from your childhood, as real to you then as terrorists are today. While listening, set your alert level to red and try to predict Scarbo’s next move. From where will he attack?

MOZART Sonata in E-flat, K. 282
5) Adagio 5:26 6) Menuetti I & II 3:49 7) Allegro 3:14
In my estimation, Mozart composed the epitome of purity. His music is genuine and from the heart. Where can one see something so untarnished in today’s world? Sometimes I have to want to see it, and sometimes it’s hidden under several layers, but it’s always there. I see it in the humanity that surrounds me.

8) GRIEG “Air” from The Holberg Suite 6:28
Grieg’s “Air” is such an intimate and personal work that I hesitate to comment. Discover what it means to you. Maybe it’s something simple, or heartfelt, something deeply human, or an untold truth. Take the time and I promise the rewards will be great.

9) LISZT Reminiscences of Norma (by Bellini) 16:50
Have you ever loved someone so much it hurt?
Have you ever been hurt by someone you love?
At the climax of the opera Norma, these underlying themes are melded into one overwhelming emotion, satisfying and painful at the same time.

10) BACH/ANDERSON “Erbarme Dich” from The St. Matthew Passion 6:59
(Elizabeth Joy Roe & Greg Anderson, piano duo)
“Erbarme Dich” is a spiritual lament originally set to the words, “Have mercy, my God, for my tears’ sake. Look hither, heart and eyes weep bitterly before Thee.” The simple desire to perform this work of haunting beauty and emotional power inspired me to transcribe it for two pianos. It makes me cry.

11) Encore – STRAUSS/GODOWSKY “Ständchen” 2:44
Enjoy.

– G.A.

(For extended historical and analytical program notes written by Greg, or to discuss the CD, please visit www.andersonpiano.com)


GREG ANDERSON: twenty-six-year-old pianist, composer, and scholar.
HIS MISSION: to demonstrate that classical piano music can serve as a relevant and powerful force in society.

The frenetic zeal with which Greg pursues his mission has led him to develop a multi-faceted career in the arts, and his exploits have garnered the attention of such media outlets as MTV’s Total Request Live, the CBS Early Morning Show, Pianist and Clavier magazines, and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, From the Top, Performance Today, and All Things Considered.

As a pianist, Greg has won numerous competitions, performed in Carnegie Hall, soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and toured in North America, Japan, and Spain. He performs regularly with his piano duo partner Elizabeth Joy Roe; they are known worldwide for their revolutionary four-hand piano technique and adrenalized performances, and they will release their debut CD later this year. As a composer, Greg has filled in for John Williams on short notice, had works premiered in venues such as Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Bowl, and been named “Composer of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Educators Association. His compositions for The 5 Browns have appeared on the EMI and Sony/BMG record labels, the latest album reaching #1 on Billboard magazine’s classical music charts. As an actor, Greg made his Broadway debut in 2005 playing the role of “Vernon Duke” at NYC’s Playwright Horizons. Greg received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar; he is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Yale University.

Greg’s book-in-progress, The Art and Evolution of Piano Recital Programming, articulates his plan to demonstrate that classical piano music can serve as a relevant and powerful force in society. Greg believes that a piano recital offers means to the overwhelming beauty, spiritual essence, and humanity in this world. Help him to maximize the potential of his quest by participating in his interactive web sites, www.andersonpiano.com and www.andersonroe.net.


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Richard Watson

spine-tingling ride of the senses
I bought the CD for 'Erbarme Dich' (notwithstanding the very distracting audience noise at 4:43 on that track). I've subsequently been astounded with _ALL_ 11 tracks. The "Air" from the Holberg Suite is nothing short of mesmerizing. The audio quality is absolutely first rate. It really sounds like there is a real piano right in front of me. This CD is already now one of my favourites.

Benjamin Storek

Brilliant!
This recording is a generous gift for everyone who loves classical music - Thanks a lot Greg! The interpretation of Mozart's sonata in E-flat is so precised and well performed, that there is not a single second where I get bored - really enjoyable! Well done!

Art Leonard

Beautifully warm piano tone
What impresses me most about this CD is the pianist's ability to maintain a beautiful sound at all times, whether the music is soft or loud, slow or fast. The program is slightly lacking in variety of mood, tending more to the reflective than the energetic, but music that should be faster and more emphatic definitely is. Overall, a satisfying recital and a very fine performance. Also, the sound quality is good enough to deserve special mention.

Stephen Heller

Outstanding performaces!
My initial reason for purchasing this disc was for the Ravel. Only a few days earlier I had discussed the auto-erotic nature of Ondine with an associate, and then I read Anderson's comments that were almost identical. I'm very familiar with it (most of the CD in fact), and thought I'd buy one more copy of the Ravel and see what else this fine pianist had to offer, and I am quite impressed. An excellent set of works performed with the greatest range of pianism. I highly recommend this one and I look forward to hearing more from this young virtuoso.

Barli Nugent

Simply wonderful
This exceptional album was a joy to hear -- the brief program notes were terrific and unusual -- and the piano playing was both brilliant and moving. I am ready for Greg's next album; sign me up!

Barbara Cain

CD is fantastic! HHI is so very proud of Greg
The CD and the marketing are first rate! I hope to buy lots more from this incredible company. Your support of wonderful young artists is the best.

Sara Drum

Breath taking! It has not left my CD player in 5 days!
This amazing collection of music will now be a gift I give for all occassions. I want the beauty to be shared by all. I already am looking forward to a second CD!

Maxine Hall

A breath of fresh air…..absolutely fabulous!
OMG!!!…Reminiscences of Norma……as a pianist, music student, and yes, a Liszt groupie, I often wonder why “many classical musicians don’t care for [the so called] over-the-top composition[s] by Liszt”. I remember reading an account of one of Liszt’s pupils who claimed that there are two kinds of performance, the objective and the subjective; in the former the performer submits to the mind of the composer, in the latter to himself, but only in the union of the two does Liszt find the sanctity of a great performance. Greg has heaps of passion, as well as an outstanding technique…and it shows! I am so so happy that someone has finally had the guts to perform/record this absolutely fantastic opera transcription (and it’s one of many) with the sensitivity it deserves. Thanks Greg! BTW just loving the Piazolla’s “Libertango” on youtube!