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  • Performer: Yngve Guddal, Roger T. Matte, Genesis
  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006IRKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Fountain Of Salmacis
2. Mad Man Moon
3. Can-Utility And The Coastliners
4. One For The Vine
5. Down And Out
6. Duke's Travels
7. Evidence Of Autumn

Editorial Reviews

Seven Genesis' tracks arranged for piano by two Norwegian musicians, reminiscent of Stravinsky's work for two pianos. The cover artwork is by Paul Whitehead who did several early sleeves for Genesis albums. Camino. 2001.

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This excellent recording is unlike anything I've ever heard!
chimborazo
Some of Genesis's best melodies minus the vocals and noisy bits are found on "Genesis for Two Grand Pianos." It reduces the songs to their purest forms.
Gregory Zeigerson
The song choices are not obvious, but rather interesting and daring.
Kirk Lott

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on June 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Genesis was and is one of the greatest progressive rock and pop bands in the world. There have been many Genesis Tribute albums made over the last several years but there is one that is a true standout above the rest of the rest. Of course, I am speaking of "Genesis For Two Grand Pianos" released on Steve Hackett's Camino Records label.
If you're not careful, the front cover of "Genesis For Two Grand Pianos" can be misleading. The fact that the band name Genesis is printed largely above the smaller printed 'for two grand pianos' gives the impression that this is a genuine Genesis album. No one from the band was involved in the making of this album except for Steve Hackett who contributed some sleeve notes on the back cover.
The music was performed by two Norwegian piano virtuosos, Yngve Guddal and Roger T. Matte. Together, they perform seven remarkable and outstanding arrangements of Genesis classics from the glory days beginning with 1971's "Fountain of Salmacis" and ending with 1981's "Evidence of Autumn". The adaptations for the two pianos are strikingly similar to the original Genesis arrangements especially on 1977's "One For the Vine" which tackles the original almost note for note. 1978's "Down and Out" and 1980's "Dukes Travels" are presented in a rollicking rollercoaster style with all the odd time signatures perfectly in tact. "The Fountain of Salmacis" and "Evidence of Autumn" are presented in arrangements that strip the music of its flash and flair exposing the beautiful melodies that lay within. "Evidence of Autumn" is particularly striking conjuring up images of the title itself. "Can-Utility and The Coastliners" also exposes its beautiful melodies and is presented in a neo-classical style.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Lott on February 16, 2006
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It's hard to imagine how wonderful these albums are (this is the second and even better volume - and hopefully there are more to come!)

This is an album of piano duets of the music of the 70s progressive rock masters, Genesis. However, it is NOT a `tribute' album. 'Tribute' albums are often Velveeta-smothered cheeseballs, sometimes just plain old elevator music. Other times they're nothing more than limp attempts - with little or imagination - at marketing tools for aspiring prog bands.

But not the music of Guddal and Matte.

First, the music has all the passion of the original music, and then some. You can feel the love that Guddal and Matte have for the music of Genesis, and this passion is deeply infused into these recordings.

The concept of dual pianos is great, creating a synergy with different melody lines, and allowing for great flourishes and nuances. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts.

Further, their arrangements truly reveal the brilliance and composing genius of Banks/Collins/Gabrial/Hackett/Rutherford. The uninitiated would swear they're listening to compositions by giants of classical music such as Gershwin or Debussy.

The song choices are not obvious, but rather interesting and daring. It's so wonderful to see an underrated Genesis masterpiece "Eleventh Earl of Mar" receiving such a superb rendition. Seemingly odd choices like "Me and Sarah Jane" - never a strong track in my opinion - are heard from new, more satisfying perspectives. Indeed, one could say some of these arrangement exceed the original Genesis recordings.

Bravo to Mssrs. Guddal and Matte.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Lott on February 16, 2006
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It's hard to imagine how wonderful these albums are (this is the first of two volumes - the second is even better and hopefully there are more to come)

This is an album of piano duets of the music of the 70s progressive rock masters, Genesis. However, it is NOT a `tribute' album. 'Tribute' albums are often Velveeta-smothered cheeseballs, sometimes just plain old elevator music. Other times they're nothing more than limp attempts - with little or imagination - at marketing tools for aspiring prog bands.

But not the music of Guddal and Matte.

First, the music has all the passion of the original music, and then some. You can feel the love that Guddal and Matte have for the music of Genesis, and this passion is deeply infused into these recordings.

The concept of dual pianos is great, creating a synergy with different melody lines, and allowing for great flourishes and nuances. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts.

Further, their arrangements truly reveal the brilliance and composing genius of Banks/Collins/Gabriel/Hackett/Rutherford. The uninitiated would swear they're listening to compositions by giants of classical music such as Gershwin or Debussy.

The song choices are not obvious, but rather interesting and daring. It's so wonderful to see underrated Genesis masterpieces like "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" and "Duke's Travels" receiving such superb renditions. "Down and Out" - another surprising choice - reveals the complexity and passion of this underrated composition.

Bravo to Mssrs. Guddal and Matte. Music lovers of all kinds are fortunate they've applied their considerable virtuosity to the great library of Genesis, and created wonderful, passionate, timeless interpretations of compositions that have stood the test of time.

Here's looking forward to Volume 3, and hopefully a series on the music of the other prog masters, Yes.
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