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Mother - A Musical Tribute / Anderson & Roe


Release Date: 04/13/2018 
Label:  Swr Music   Catalog #: 19058  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákFreddie MercurySergei RachmaninovPaul Simon,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano DuoAccent Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mothers are powerful muses. They represent a whole spectrum of attributes, both mythic and personal: they can be forces of nature and nurturing, guidance and inspiration, patience and strength, and of course, love: profound, fierce, unconditional. This album features musical compositions that pay tribute to the diverse aspects of motherhood, from the sacred “Ave Maria” to the saucy “Mrs. Robinson,” and everything in between. Motherhood, perhaps the prototype of creation, has compelled us to utilize our full creative potentialities as arrangers and interpreters. Queens and saints, homemakers and lawmakers, scientists and artists, goddesses and mortals: the rich complexity of motherhood inspires this musical tribute. Describe as “the most Read more dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), “exhilarating” (Gramophone), and “the very model of complete 21st century musicians” (The Washington Post), Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Together they aim to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world through their adrenalized performances, original compositions, notorious music videos, and more. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
2.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
3.
Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
4.
Mrs. Robinson by Paul Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Romances (4), Op. 15: no 4, A mother's grief by Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Norway 
6.
What a wonderful world by George David Weiss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
7.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Let It Be by John Lennon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
9.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
10.
Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo,  Accent Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Endlessly inventive, delightful as always April 22, 2018 By James Meehan (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "This album has something for everyone. On any other album, Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-Tableaux) for Two Pianos, Op. 5 might be the highlight of the album. Here, as crisp and evocative as that performance is, it's the only piece they didn't arrange, and I actually liked their own work more. I never know what to make of Bohemian Rhapsody, but the heavy blues intro to Mrs. Robinson was startling; it was almost a minute into the piece before the first vague hint of the original appears, and from there it's just a great ride to the end. There's a lovely arrangement of the Schubert Ave Maria, and then a shocker: a gospel version of Let It Be that takes off and dazzles its way into rock. It's the first piece I went back to, after hearing the entire album. They have such great technique that I found it totally convincing, well worth the risks. The bonus track is the Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly, complete with an actual, humming chorus. It's beautiful, a final, albeit sad, reference to motherhood." Report Abuse
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