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Classical 101

When Words Fade...2 Pianos Add New Twist to Vivaldi Aria

Less is more on new recording

Orchestras have grown over the years, with composers writing music for larger and larger forces.  Mahler and Wagner come immediately to mind.  Leopold Stokowski turned the music of J.S. Bach (and many others) into massive works.  What about when you go the other direction? Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe have taken music from across a wide  spectrum and reduced it to its essence on a recording called When Words Fade.  The recording, from the Steinway & Sons label,  includes three arrangements from the opera repertoire: Anderson & Roe’s Carmen Fantasy, an original piece based on familiar tunes from The Magic Flute called Papageno!, and a rendition of an aria from a little-known Vivaldi opera: “Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lagrimeâ€? (“I feel within a rain of tearsâ€?) from Il Giustino. I have included the Vivaldi below and eagerly await the recording. Watch Anderson and Roe play Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lagrime http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVv5kGPrqGk ...and a montage of other pieces on the recording http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsWGdzis2yM