13 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

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Ratings and Reviews

James R Meehan ,

Endlessly inventive, delightful as always

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.

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