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'An Amadeus Affair': Anderson/Roe Ragtime Alia Turca (after K331)

Magazine article Gramophone

'An Amadeus Affair': Anderson/Roe Ragtime Alia Turca (after K331)

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'An Amadeus Affair'

Anderson/Roe Ragtime alia turca (after K331) Busoni Duettino concertante (after K459) Liszt Reminiscences de Don Juan, S418 Mozart Cosi fan tutte--Soave sia il vento (arr Anderson/Roe). Sonata for Two Pianos, K448. Die Zauberflote Chorale Prelude CDer, welcher wandert diese Strasse', arr Anderson/Roe)

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Steinway & Sons [F] STNS30022 (66' * DDD)

(Greg) Anderson and (Elizabeth Joy) Roe, a thirty-something American piano duo, are not prone to self-deprecation. They are apparently 'revolutionizing the classical piano experience for the 21st century' and 'have captivated audiences around the world with their adrenalized performances'. The revolution has yet to reach this neck of the woods but I was captivated by most of this impressive recording of (mostly) Mozart arrangements.

Duettino concertante, Busoni's fairly faithful treatment of the last movement of K459, provides a sparkling curtain-raiser that segues into the duo's own convincing two-piano adaptation of the Trio from Act 1 of Cosi fan tutte. The tonal balance of the two pianos is remarkably uniform and the recorded sound, as on a previous Steinway label disc I reviewed ('Get Happy' from Jenny Lin--8/13), sumptuously plush. …

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