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Interesting Organ work

“NO OTHER INSTRUMENT is so victimized by stereotype as the organ, which the vast majority tend to associate with church, and probably with funerals, B movies, Halloween… And I think the organist’s image has really suffered. So I want to get in there and put on a show, because that’s what the organ is, after all. It’s a grandiose musical stage set, a glittering emotion-machine, and I see no reason not to have a great deal of fun." Cameron Carpenter

It is what it is - and it is most impressive...

I don't think Cameron Carpenter ever intended to give us the last definitive statement concerning Baroque performance practice, or to shed new light on Mendelssohn's organ sonatas. In many ways he reminds me of pianist Arcadi Volodos (and yes, he even takes one of Volodos' signature pieces, the Horowitz Carmen Variations) with a "shock and awe" debut disc of keyboard acrobatics. I first became acquainted with this young man through his YouTube videos, and some of the pieces performed there are given the full studio treatment here. I feel this man has the makings of a major career, and he could well revive interest in the organ as something more than a cathedral or funeral-home instrument. I find his interpretations refreshing, interesting, and often astounding, and welcome more recordings. A most impressive debut, and make no bones about it, this will not be a show that will close shortly after opening night.

How Unfortunate

How very unfortunate that Cameron Carpenter has wider exposure: ladies and gentlemen this is not organ music as it should be played; rather it is organ music grossly distorted for the purpose of sheer shock value. Mr. Carpenter follows none of the composer's suggestions nor, often, even their instrumentation and the gross perversion of superlative works such as Bach's Toccata and Fugue, Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, and Bach's chorale-prelude on Nun Komm, der heiden Heiland, are stripped of all their poetry and played instead at blistering speeds and utilizing incomprehensible and often ugly registration. I would not recommend this album at all.


Born: 1981 in Pennsylvania

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

American organist Cameron Carpenter became known both for his formidable technical prowess and the athletic showmanship of his performances. While his repertoire is classical, his persona is more that of a pop star than of a traditional classical musician. Carpenter rose to prominence as much on the basis of his outrageously virtuosic performances on YouTube as his commercially released recordings. His 2008 Telarc album Revolutionary was the first solo organ recital to be nominated for a Grammy Award....
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Sep 23, 2008

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