An Amadeus Affair features the multiple award-winning piano duo Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe performing a kaleidoscopic collection of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s works. The composer’s mastery of opera, concerto and the sonata offers this dynamic duo the kind of musical repertoire that allows the interplay of their four hands at one and two Steinway pianos to excel at a level unheard in recent years by similar concert pianists of their generation.
The program opens with Busoni’s buoyant transcription of Duettino concertante which he based on Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major, K 459. Anderson and Roe deftly fuse the varied compositional styles inherent in the work including the fugal, sonata-rondo finale, and opera buffa (comic opera) forms. The duo later handles Franz Liszt’s dazzling pianistic fireworks that he based on themes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni with boundary-breaking finesse during Reminiscences de Don Juan. In addition to the two transcriptions heard here by Ferruccio Busoni and Franz Liszt, the remaining works on the program - with the exception of Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448 – are new transcriptions/arrangements by Anderson and Roe. The pair offer their listeners exceptional reworkings and memorable interpretations of such inimitable Mozart masterpieces as: “Soave sia il vento” from Cosi fan tutte K. 588; Grand Scherzo (based on the Finale to Act 1 from Cosi fan tutte, K 588); Chorale Prelude from Die Zauberflöte, K 620; and Ragtime alla Turca which is based on Rondo alla Turca, K. 331.
However, it is Mozart’s brilliant and refined Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448 that remains the most unforgettable performance heard on this great program. The duo doesn’t fail to fulfill Mozart’s original 3-movements with the fanfare and vibrancy, poetry and tenderness and virtuosity this work is known for. It’s no wonder why their skill and technical brilliance has been described as “the intense synchronization of genius.”
Throughout An Amadeus Affair, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe bring Mozart’s greatness to a new generation while escalating the role of the classical piano duo to a new level of virtuosity and sophistication. The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo are Steinway Artists. To learn more about their great performances, please visit their Steinway Artists website.