In an instance of programming wizardry, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has crafted an album showcasing the immense stylistic and expressive variety of Bach’s art.
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.
“The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo dedicate their uncanny ensemble prowess and canny programme-building to JS Bach... the duo's restraint and taste reveal how the music's expressive poignancy stands up without sung texts.”
“Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe capture a slice of the American musical past, but they also expand upon it creatively, which is what brings projects like this to life.”
“The dynamic interplay of pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe lends a tantalizing new dimension to J.S. Bach’s unmatched counterpoint on this expansive portrait of classical music’s most omnipotent figure.”
LA Music Examiner
The Art of Bach / Anderson & Roe • STNS 30033
Recorded January 23-25, 2014 at the Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purhase, New York.
Produced and Recorded by Steven Epstein
Executive Producers: Eric Feidner, Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere
Design: Oberlander Group
Piano Technician: Li Li Dong
Pianos: Steinway Model D #590924 (New York); #592115 (Hamburg)
Photography: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
About the Artists
Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their five critically acclaimed albums have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals.
Since forming their dynamic musical partnership in 2002 as students at The Juilliard School, Anderson & Roe have toured extensively worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists; appeared on NPR, MTV, PBS, and the BBC; presented at numerous international leader symposiums; and served as hosts for the medici.tv webcast of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A live performance by Anderson & Roe was handpicked to appear on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centenary.
Anderson & Roe’s mission—to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society—inspires everything they do as artists, from their performances, compositions, and recordings, to their videos, writings, and social media presence.
About Steinway & Sons label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.