Take a sleigh ride with Greg Anderson
Take a sleigh ride with Greg Anderson
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So, you play the piano ALL by yourself? Bor-ing! Two pianists are better (and sexier!), as proven by this crazy list featuring the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo.
Last June, Korea's MBC Television broadcast our concert at the LG Arts Center in Seoul. Here's our performance of Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" (in our arrangement for piano, four-hands) from the event. It's one of our very favorite pieces; we hope you'll see why below!
From the site:
Playing classical piano isn’t for the faint of heart, mind, or fingers. In fact, it’s only for daredevils (as courageously demonstrated by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo).
For our Japanese-speaking friends: if you'd prefer to read about our upcoming tour in Japanese, all of our upcoming tour information can be found here, at a website created by our presenters: http://andersonroe-japantour.com/
Hope to see you soon!!
We filmed this music video fairly quickly—over the course of a few hours—with a small, intimate crew. Our good friends Steven Naifah and Greg Smith offered to let us film in their gorgeous garden and beautiful ballroom, which provided the stunning South Carolina setting that weaves perfectly with the high spirits, classical aesthetic, and pure joy of the music.
We hope you enjoy watching just as much as we enjoyed filming!
Palm Beach Daily News
Glorious… The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo’s performance was something rarely encountered in concert-going. They have a truly deep artistry … a massive range of sound and impeccable technique. Imagine two pianos on steroids. Who says classical musicians are stuffy?
Audiophile Audition (regarding An Amadeus Affair):
Totally delightful … unforgettable moments of heartbroken, bittersweet, eternal love … utterly poignant. Everything is beautifully realized by Anderson & Roe; it will change the lives of all who hear it, both for the music and the way it is played.
Performing Arts Monterey Bay
The audience, like Vesuvius, erupted with one massive cheer, jumping to its feet, settling for a moment like hot pumice only to explode again minutes later for two more dazzling pyrotechnic encores. …all the flamboyance, adrenaline and infectious passion that youth and virtuosity could muster.…sublime, heart-felt musicianship. [Their performance of Bach's] Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major showed exquisite phrasing, beautiful rich tone and a synchronicity in performance and interpretation that I have rarely seen in a live performance.
Wayne Lee Gay of D Magazine:
Beautifully crafted, brilliantly played … this jaded old music critic was impressed by the impeccable technique and musicianship of the duo.
Palm Beach Arts Paper
Exquisite … nothing short of brilliant … Their playing left me in awe and amazement.
A gateway drug to classical music … [Anderson & Roe] get people listening and having fun doing it. Two highly skilled, energetic young pianists … really wonderful, sensible ensemble … clever, complex arrangements. Their piano four hands performance of their arrangement of the first section of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring, which turned 100 last year, was timeless.
Immensely talented and entertaining…
Mixing music and mayhem … [Anderson & Roe's] playing was marked by virtuosity and bubbled with youthful energy. Excellent music that was markedly different from what we usually hear, a full measure of originality, and Cliburn-level pianism.
In celebration of what would have been Sergei Rachmaninoff's 141st birthday, I'm super excited to announce the release of my brand new solo album. From the heavenly heights of Bach's French Suite No. 5 to the fiery depths of hell portrayed in Rachmaninoff's Piano Sonata No. 1, the album makes for a thoroughly unearthly and transcendent journey.
Together they represent my personal journey as a pianist: I first played the French Suite as a fledgling pianist growing up in Minnesota, and the sonata I began years later as a doctoral student at Yale University. They are forever special to me; I hope that you'll similarly find meaning and beauty while exploring them.
BIG news—it's finally here! We're thrilled to announce that our brand new all-Mozart album, An Amadeus Affair, is officially available! Our sonic love letter to the work of Wolfgang is already garnering rave reviews:
Way too hot to be background music, this duo commands and demands your attention. (Midwest Record)
The quicksilver spirit of Mozart shines in a new way in this disc of music for two pianos and four hands … Anderson & Roe make it a marvel, each note just right … [It] has to be heard to be believed ... Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe play pretty much as one and they sound as if they are enjoying it, too. (Buffalo News)
The wit and playfulness of Mozart are the primary elements on display here … [An Amadeus Affair] is polished to a fine sheen and delivered with panache. (Infodad)
Purchase your brand-spanking new copy of An Amadeus Affair (available in both CD and mp3 format) from ArkivMusic, Amazon, or iTunes.
In commemoration of the new album, we're planning to release a new Mozart music video as well...stay tuned!
My cocktail blog has suffered of late (mostly due to my indecision regarding the forthcoming "Rite of Spring" cocktail), but there's nothing like the romance of Valentine's Day to rekindle one's inspiration. Today, I present not one, not two, but THREE cocktail recipes, all inspired by the simple and magnificent "Bellini."
A Bellini cocktail is the perfect combination of white peach puree and Prosecco. Most classical music aficionados instantly assume the cocktail is associated with Vincenzo Bellini, an Italian composer known for his impossibly gorgeous (and endless) melodic lines. (The drink, sadly, has nothing to do with the composer—it's inspired, rather, by a 15th century artist—but I still like to think that the two are indelibly linked.) As such, and after MUCH taste-testing, I propose three new cocktails inspired by early-nineteenth century bel canto opera:
In theory it's a stretch, but in taste, it's perfect:
- 1 part pineapple purée (or juice, if you're in a hurry)
- 2 to 3 parts Prosecco (or sparkling wine)
Pour the pineapple purée into a chilled champagne flute, then gently (GEN-T-LY!) add the sparkling wine. If the "gentle" addition of sparkling wine results in a lava flow of froth, try adding the sparkling wine with a baster, inserted below the surface of purée. Drink flamboyantly while careening about your living room to the "Mad Scene" from Lucia di Lammermoor.
The Elixir of Love
Um. Yes. Since an "elixir" (especially the love variety) ought to be complicated to produce, this drink adds a fussy, but delicious step to the "Donizetti" recipe listed above:
- 2-4 sage leaves
- 1.5 ounces pineapple purée/juice
- 4 ounces Prosecco/sparkling wine
Lightly muddle the sage leaves with the pineapple purée/juice. (Vigorous muddling can make a bitter mess of sage leaves, so try to stay calm. Experimentation is key.) Remove the bruised leaves. Pour the infused pineapple mixture into a chilled champagne flute, then gently (GEN-T-LY!) add the sparkling wine. Share with a lover while listening/crying to "Una furtiva lagrime" from Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore.
I know, I know, for years (centuries, actually) the bubbly music of Rossini has been compared to champagne, but I'm going to go out on a limb with the following:
- 3/4 ounce limoncello
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- 4.5 ounces Pompelmo (a grapefruit-flavored variety of San Pellegrino)
Mix together in a collins glass with plenty of ice.
With the inclusion of limoncello (from Sorrento) and San Pellegrino (from northeast of Milan), the drink is undeniably Italian and "bubbly." BUT, there's something to this drink that's even perkier, more joyous, and less pretentious than even champagne. Opera's rom-com master, Rossini, now has a new drink to celebrate his glittering carouses of the stage. :-)