In an instance of programming wizardry, the “exhilarating” (Gramophone) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has crafted an album on the Steinway Label showcasing the immense stylistic and expressive variety of Bach’s art. 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? From heartfelt cantatas and virtuosic concertos to feats of contrapuntal aplomb, this versatile compilation sheds new light on Bach's art and ultimately reveals the matchless brilliance of the man, heard through the dynamic interplay of Anderson & Roe.

 

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Anderson and Roe are convincing, with clear articulation and an immensely wide range of expression, from brooding to determined, from comforting to exuberant. The result is a CD that combines opposites: touching and entertaining at the same time, capturing the essence of Bach. ... bold, unconventional vivacity ... reverent, subtle, and with great artistry.
— BR Klassik

Track Listing

Bach/Kurtág: Sonatina in E-flat Major from Cantata No. 106
Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061
Bach/Anderson & Roe: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 — Suite for Two Pianos
Bach: Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IX, a 4 alla Duodecima
Bach: Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus XIIIa, Fuga a 2 Clav. - Rectus
Bach: Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus XIIIb, Alio Modo. Fuga a 2 Clav. - Inversus
Bach: Canons on the Ground from the "Goldberg Variations", BWV 1087 — 12, 6, 10, 11, 14
Bach/Anderson & Roe: "Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen" from Cantata No. 127 — feat. Augustin Hadelich
Bach/Howe: "Schafe können sicher weiden" from Cantata No. 208
Bach/Reger: Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
 



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A two-piano translation of the most soulful aria from the St. Matthew Passion shouldn’t work. That it does so beautifully speaks to the potency of Bach’s music and a pair of sensitive players.
— NPR
Contemplative, refreshing ... One of the duo’s best characteristics is on display, the ability to bring clarity of line to textures that could easily sound cluttered ... Max Reger’s transcription of the Third Brandenburg Concerto is a glittering, fantastic ending to this gorgeous-sounding release.
— The Absolute Sound

 

 

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