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Concert Review: Piano duo make classical music hip

Published on Jun 15, 2014 12:31 PM
The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo made up of Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will be playing for one night only at the Esplanade on June 13. -- PHOTO: KEN SCHLES

Classical music has often been accused of being too serious, with the younger generation mostly preferring the head-banging of heavy metal and heart-thumping techno beats.

Attempts have been made to fuse popular culture with traditional works, but the results are often seen as dumbing down of the art, where complex music is diluted to make it more accessible to the masses.

It would be unfair to label the Anderson And Roe Piano Duo as crossovers, for they are serious musicians who do not have to resort to gimmicks and skimpy outfits to sell recordings.

What they do, and do very well, is to inject a level of entertainment and fun into music-making. Purists will probably pour scorn on any deviation from traditional performance practices, but didn't Liszt and his fellow super-vituosos break from custom to attract more audiences to concert halls?

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