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Anderson & Roe Featured on NPR’s Deceptive Cadence

Anderson & Roe Featured on NPR's Deceptive Cadence

Anderson & Roe’s new album The Art of Bach is featured on NPR’s Deceptive Cadence. The duo’s version of the aria “Erbarme Dich,” from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, is also included on the website’s “Songs We Love” playlist.

From Deceptive Cadence:

… there’s an architectural sturdiness to Bach that can accommodate almost any interpretation.

That is something the piano duo Anderson & Roe understand intuitively in their new album The Art of Bach, which includes their own arrangements for two pianos of selections from the St. Matthew Passion.

In Bach’s original, the aria ‘Erbarme Dich’ (Have Mercy) is for alto and a mellifluous violin that rises from the orchestra to assuage bitter tears. It’s suffering swaddled in voluptuous melody. There’s no way it should translate to just a pair of pianos. Yet it does. A heartbeat throbs in the low register and tears drop in high arpeggios while the drama intensifies.

Chalk it up to Bach’s built-to-last construction and two pianists — Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe — who are keenly attuned to its greatness.